Durban - It's October, but winter is still clinging on with snowfalls in Lesotho and the Drakensberg on Thursday.
On Wednesday the SA Weather Service warned that Eastern Cape and Lesotho should brace for heavy rain and snow. The massive front which swept over the country Wednesday and today will start abating on Friday. The Weather Service also issued an alert over the entire Berg and southern KZN region today.
According to Snow Report SA, snow started settling in Drakensberg in the Eastern Cape early Thursday morning, but heavy rains can also be expected so it could wash away very quickly.
"The big surprise is the Lesotho snow, which is currently looking extremely heavy at elevations above 2900m. There are heavy falls across the entire Drakensberg, from north to south, but none of these falls are expected to come down into KZN. We are seeing the possibility of falls between 20cm and 70cm across all the high peaks, which should create some spectacular views from KZN when the clouds clear on Friday," says Snow Report SA.
Meanwhile the KZN department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs said disaster management teams were on high alert.
Acting MEC, Weziwe Thusi, assured communities that disaster management teams were on standby to deal with any incidents from the heavy rains that continue to hit parts of the province.
“People living in low lying areas are urged to take precautions as localised flooding is a possible risk. We are now in the middle of the summer season and our province is very prone to disasters associated with heavy down pours hence we are not taking any chances. The lives of our people come first. We are also appealing to our people to continue saving water as our dams have not yet recovered” Thusi said.
Thusi also urged residents to be cautious as heavy rains reduced visibility on the roads.
Spokesperson, Lennox Mabaso said since the rains started on Wednesday there had not been any reports of disasters.