Snow Watch 2018

10 Jan 2018 20:38 - 17 May 2018 07:29 #72618 by intrepid
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This is the official thread for Snow Watch 2018. Feel free to post pictures, information, questions and reports about the snow conditions in the Drakensberg for 2018. The idea is to keep track of the snowfalls, pool information about where the snow is for those that want to go see it, and simply to have a place to express the joy and experiences you may have had if you have witnessed the grandeur of the Dragon clothed in white. This also serves as a historical reference for years to come.

Historical Snow Watch threads:
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

2018 Snowfalls:

1. 23 March - Confirmation of a dusting on the high peaks near Sani Pass, as well as on the high mountain road passes of North Eastern Lesotho.
2. 30 April - Very light snowfalls at Black Mountains and near Afriski.
3. 3 May - Light snowfall reported near Afriski, and at Black Mountains
4. 12 May - Light falls over most of the escarpment as well as the high lying regions of Central and Western Lesotho
5, 14 May - Another round of light snowfall for much of the escarpment

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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15 Mar 2018 08:03 #72981 by JonWells
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So as it stands, there is a chance of some light snow falling on the high peaks above 3200m tomorrow night in the central part of the range:

Here is the latest snow accumulation map from snow-forecast.com:

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22 Mar 2018 07:46 #73027 by JonWells
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With heavy rain and cooler temperatures forecast over the Drakensberg for the next 2 days, there is once again a chance for some of the highest peaks to receive some snowfall.

Thabana Ntlenyana could potentially receive some heavy falls (30+cm possible) although any slight increase in the forecast temperature could change this to rain.
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23 Mar 2018 15:42 #73047 by Sanet1
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I just love hiking in the berg during winter. Sooooo hoping for decent snowfall this year :-)

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02 May 2018 09:34 - 02 May 2018 09:37 #73345 by JonWells
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On Monday morning while we were packing up our camp above Grays Pass we had ice pellets coming down, along with the odd snowflake. I see there was some light ground snow spotted at Black Mountain, and near Afriski.
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03 May 2018 07:34 #73365 by JonWells
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It seems that Afriski has had another surprise snowfall this morning. From their Facebook page:

"More SNOW news this morning at Afriski! Currently we have about 1cm of snow on the roads making things a little bit slippery. Please note: roads are closed to 2x4 vehicles until further notice"

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11 May 2018 09:02 #73443 by JonWells
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As it stands this morning, the models are suggesting there may be some light snowfall over most of the escarpment from Saturday afternoon, and then again from Monday afternoon.

Here is the latest potential snow accumulation map from snow-forecast.com:

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12 May 2018 17:39 #73477 by Papa Dragon
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Apparently snow on Sani now..

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14 May 2018 08:03 #73480 by JonWells
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Below is yesterday's satellite image overlay showing the remaining snow cover in dark red. The falls certainly extended a lot further West than was originally forecast.




Today's forecast snow is still on track, with 15cm+ possible in places:

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17 May 2018 07:57 #73514 by ghaznavid
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Still some snow at the top of Sani, and plenty at Garden Castle.

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