Every winter snow lovers flock to the Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve situated approximately two hours outside Cape Town. Now, after a few dustings, since the first snow of the season appeared in May, the Reserve is preparing for the “first decent snow of 2021” as cold weather takes hold of the Cape provinces on Monday, 12 July.
COLD FRONT COULD BRING UP TO 15CM OF SNOW
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) said wet, windy and cold conditions can be expected across the Cape provinces [Western, Eastern and Northern Cape] following the arrival of a strong cold front on Monday.
The weather service said rainfall amounts between 30 to 40 millimetres are expected in the areas affected by the cold front and flooding incidents are likely over the western areas of the Western Cape. Meanwhile, general rainfall is expected over the remainder of the province and the western areas of the Northern and Eastern Cape.
The cold front is also expected to bring very cold conditions – daytime temperatures may fall below 10 °C in the western mountains of the Western Cape and the southern high ground of the Northern Cape.
“…these are the areas where there is a possibility of snowfalls which may be as deep as 5 to 15 centimetres over the western mountains in the Western Cape Province, as well as on the southern high ground of the Northern Cape,” said SAWS.
The adverse conditions may lead to a loss of vulnerable livestock and crops on Monday, according to the weather service.
The Matroosberg reserve said there is a possibility of ground level snow late on Monday afternoon and on Tuesday. Visitors are encouraged to wear warm clothes and bring a change of clothes.
“Dry shoes and socks and a blanket for kids will make the world of difference on your way home. [Damp] kids can keep up with complaining from here all the way to Cape Town, plus bring enough snacks,” said the reserve in a Facebook post.