Snow Report SA has forecast the possibility of “fairly widespread” snow in parts of South Africa and Lesotho starting on Monday next week (25 May).
In an update on its website on Thursday, the forecaster said snow could fall in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and Lesotho.
“Although the data has shown significant volatility over the last few days, the freezing level has remained very low and if this continues and enough moisture arrives there is a good chance of low-level snow,” it added.
‘Travelling to see snow is prohibited’
However, it said this “advanced forecast” could change in either direction (more or less snow) depending on the level of moisture.
Temperatures are nevertheless expected to “drop well below zero in some areas, and close to it in many others.”
Snow Report SA cautioned the public against travelling to witness the snow because of the current lockdown restrictions.
It said, “We would like to remind snow lovers that travelling to see snow is prohibited, but if snow does fall it might be visible on our webcams.”
“If you do happen to live within view of any of the mountains that may get snow, and can take photographs without leaving your property then please be sure to send them to us via WhatsApp on 081 251-8029,” it added.
Some parts of Lesotho have already seen some snow as the winter season gathers pace. Light snow was recorded at the AfriSki Mountain Resort last week.
Snow Report SA also reported “light snow or frost” over the Sani Pass in western KwaZulu-Natal last week.
Snow also fell over the Tiffindell Ski Resort in the Eastern Cape and in Northern Lesotho in mid-April, according to a Twitter update by Storm Report SA.
South Africa is expected to ease level 4 lockdown restrictions down to level 3 on 1 June or sooner, thereby permitting more outdoor activities.
Heavier snowfall is usually expected in June and July, so snow lovers can still expect to experience it in the coming months.