The cold snap has hit South Africa hard, with SA Weather Service warning that disruptive snowfall, heavy rain and gale-force wind can be expected in most of the eastern parts of SA on Thursday 17 August.

Garth Sampson of the SA Weather Service says that cold and wet conditions are expected to move into the Eastern Cape from Wednesday afternoon, 16 August, from the west. “As the system moves eastwards and intensifies, adverse weather conditions are expected in places,” says Sampson.

Rain and showers in the Plettenburg area “will spread eastwards” from Wednesday afternoon with “widespread moderate to heavy showers along the coast and adjacent interior”, says Sampson, adding that catchment areas in this part of the Eastern Cape can expect between 10 mm to 20 mm due to the rainfall.

Sampson says that disruptive snowfalls are expected over the high lying areas over the western interior from Wednesday night, “where in excess of 10cm of snow is expected, especially along the escarpment and Winterberg. This will spread toward the southern Drakensberg overnight.”

South African Weather service warns that on Thursday, disruptive snowfall is expected over the high lying areas of the eastern half of the Eastern Cape, spreading to the extreme southern Free State along the Lesotho border, and to the southern Drakensberg .

Weather services also advise that disruptive snowfall can be expected over passes including the Lootsberg and Wapadsberg passes, the north of Queenstown as well as passes leading into the Drakensberg.

Snow Report SA says that on Thursday, “substantial falls are possible in the KZN Drakensberg, the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, the Amatole region in the Eastern Cape and in Lesotho, with some snowfalls expected to come down into the foothills of the Drakensberg and snow also quite likely for the KZN Midlands.”

“There is a slight possibility that some light snow could also fall in the Free State during Thursday, somewhere between Clarens and Harrismith, but this is subject to change as the system progresses,” adds Snow Report SA.

Earlier on Wednesday 16 August, travellers took delight in sharing their photos of snow that fell in the western parts of SA, including Sutherland in the Northern Cape and Worcester in the Western Cape.