There is a possibility of “soft snow particles/pellets and sleet” in southern and central Gauteng, including Johannesburg, on Tuesday (16 June), according to Gauteng Weather.
In a social media update on Tuesday morning, the regional forecaster said the probability of snow stood at 30 percent. The expected time is late afternoon and/or early evening.
The SA Weather Service (SAWS) also forecast possible graupel (small particles of snow) and sleet in a Twitter update.
“A mixture of weather today [June 16]. Dust and sandstorms along the Northern Cape coast due to strong offshore winds with showery and cold weather in Gauteng, North West and northern Free State with sleet and graupel possible. Stay warm,” it wrote.
🔴 ALERT: POSSIBILITY of SOFT SNOW PARTICLES/PELLETS & SLEET on TUESDAY!!!— Gauteng Weather (@tWeatherSA) June 16, 2020
📍AFFECTED AREA: SOUTHERN & CENTRAL GAUTENG, including JOHANNESBURG
⏰TIME: LATE AFTERNOON and/or EVENING
Storm Report SA shared photos on social media showing light snowfall and graupel in some parts of the North West on Tuesday morning.
As per our forecast some freezing rain in Coligny in the North West sent in by Antionette Du Preez pic.twitter.com/uePtkxbQ0z— Storm Report SA (@StormReportSA1) June 16, 2020
⚠BREAKING— Storm Report SA (@StormReportSA1) June 16, 2020
Light snowfall over Stella North West Province. Photo sent in by Lise Bekker Mynhardt! pic.twitter.com/eoYWWMiqwZ
Cold weather to continue until Thursday
According to SAWS, the cold weather that has engulfed parts of South Africa in recent days is expected to continue until Thursday, especially in eastern and central South Africa.
“This will be due to the cloudy conditions with showers of rain at times that are expected from tomorrow, Tuesday, 16 June until Thursday, 18 June, over North West, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and some parts of Limpopo,” SAWS said on Monday.
A cut off low system over the Free State province is the cause of these “extreme conditions,” the Service added.
The system might also cause heavy rain which may lead to localised flooding among KwaZulu-Natal-Natal’s north coast on Wednesday night into Thursday.
SAWS added, “This system is expected to exit the country on Friday, with temperatures improving to the high teens and low twenties from the weekend.”