Cold Front Sweeps Across South Africa, Bringing Snowfall

Posted on 11 September 2023 By Tsoku Maela

Despite recent Spring Day festivities taking place nationwide, Mother Nature continues to maintain her wintry grip, with portions of the Cape awakening to a blanket of snow after a chilly weekend.

The South Africa Weather Service has issued a Level 1 yellow alert for damaging winds spanning from Plettenberg Bay to Maputo and extending along the coastline of KwaZulu-Natal.

Snowfall is anticipated over various regions, including the Swartberg Mountains and Little Karoo near Uniondale, the southwestern mountains in the Northern Cape encompassing Rooiberg and the mountains near Springbok. There’s even a possibility of snowfall gracing Table Mountain, as well as the peaks of Outeniqua and Langeberg.

The South African Weather Service has indicated that a second round of snowfall is in the forecast for parts of the Cape provinces on Monday, with the wintry weather extending towards the Drakensberg areas in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Furthermore, the service predicts that the cold front will advance towards the central and south-eastern regions of South Africa, leading to a considerable drop in daytime temperatures across the western, central, and southern halves of the country. This weather pattern may also bring about isolated showers and rain in select areas.

Meanwhile, the southern interior is bracing for very cold conditions, with disruptive snowfall expected over sections of the Eastern Cape and the highlands of KwaZulu-Natal. Numerous impact-based warnings for snow, winds, and waves have been issued for the Cape provinces and KwaZulu-Natal.


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