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Temperatures around the country, including the Northern Cape, are expected to drop significantly

Bulwer, KZN Picture:Lele Bräbus/Snow Report SA

SNOW Report SA has given an advanced forecast that just when we thought winter was over, the weather data is suggesting that the biggest snowfall of the season is on its way this week.

According to Snow Report SA, the first snow can be expected in the early hours of tomorrow morning in the Eastern Cape.

By tomorrow afternoon, the falls are expected to intensify and extend further north into the Maluti Mountains and into the eastern parts of Lesotho. Some parts of the Drakensberg region are on course to receive more than 50cm of snow.

Temperatures around the country, including the Northern Cape, are expected to drop significantly.

In Kimberley, tomorrow’s minimum is expected to drop to 5 degrees Celsius, while on Thursday and Friday it will be a chilly 3 degrees C.

The maximum will be in the low 20s, while cloudy weather with some rain is also expected tomorrow and on Thursday in the city.

The South African Weather Service yesterday afternoon also issued a media release “alerting the public at large regarding the possibility of some extreme weather conditions expected to affect the southern, central and eastern portions of the country from Tuesday onwards”.

“This extreme, wintery weather will include snowfalls mainly over the southern and central parts of the Drakensberg, accompanied by cold conditions over many parts of South Africa.”

Provinces most likely to be adversely affected are the southern parts of the Western and Eastern Cape today, before the conditions spread north and east (to the Free State, North West, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga) tomorrow and Thursday.

In addition, there could also be a risk of localised heavy rain and/or incidents of flash flooding for parts of KwaZulu-Natal tomorrow and Thursday.

The weather system responsible for this episode of extreme weather is a cold front accompanied by an upper air trough.