Snow Watch 2019

03 Apr 2019 10:16 - 03 Apr 2019 10:17 #74863 by JonWells
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Indeed, there does seem to be a possibility of some snow on Fri evening and early Saturday, but likely restricted to the highest peaks above 3300m in the central parts of the range.

Forecast temps for these peaks are touch and go though, mainly just above freezing. So we'll need to see if these stay on track and dont lift at all.
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04 Apr 2019 07:29 #74866 by JonWells
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For now the forecast remains largely unchanged, with snow still predicted to fall on the high peaks mainly between Thabana Ntlenyana and Mafadi.  Temperatures are still very borderline for snow (+2°C), although if this holds, some significant accumulation is possible (20cm+)

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18 Apr 2019 08:04 #74905 by JonWells
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As it stands, the models are consistently forecasting that snow is likely to fall across most of the Drakensberg escarpment toward the end of this long weekend, beginning late on Sunday night over the highest peaks, then continuing throughout most of Sunday.

So far this forecast is a lot more convincing than the previous one, as freezing levels are expected to drop to 3100m-3200m, which means snow is possible down to around 2900m:

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09 May 2019 12:44 #75010 by JonWells
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I see there was some unexpected light snowfalls in quite a few places across the escarpment last night.  Here is todays Terra Modis sattelite image showing the remaining snow in red:

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23 May 2019 11:23 #75034 by GriffBaker
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Looks like a light snowfall next midweek then a biggish one on Friday into the wknd.
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29 May 2019 15:09 #75038 by JonWells
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This afternoon's satellite image shows that snow fell in a few scattered regions across the escarpment last night and in parts of Central Lesotho.  The largest concentration seems to be above Gray's Pass.  Remaining snow shown in red:

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01 Jul 2019 12:40 #75125 by JonWells
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A cold front will be moving over the Drakensberg this afternoon/evening.  As it stands, only the far south, and far north will be expecting some snow, although it is likely to be very light.  Temperatures will be dropping quite low over the escarpment, as low as -9°C in places:

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05 Aug 2019 08:25 - 05 Aug 2019 08:25 #75205 by Serious tribe
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Looks like a smattering of snow on Cathedral Peak.  Didn't last 5 minutes though.

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02 Sep 2019 13:13 - 02 Sep 2019 14:14 #75294 by vivo101
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Finally some good snow forecasted for the Drakensberg. If this forecast holds we are in for another snow Mnweni Marathon.


"To those who are enthralled by mountains, their wonder is beyond all dispute. To those who are not, their allure is a kind of madness." - Mountain

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03 Sep 2019 07:30 - 03 Sep 2019 07:30 #75295 by JonWells
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Indeed! After a very disappointing snow season so far, its encouraging to see some potentially good snowfalls on the horizon!

Some models are indicating around 10cm for most of the escarpment, whilst others, such as the one used by snow-forecast.com are indicating the possibility of up to 50cm in places.

Total possible accumulation over Thursday/Friday:



With freezing levels possibly reaching 2200m in the south, there may even be some ground level snow possible.

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