Here’s where the Western Cape’s ‘first snow of the year’ landed!

It may have only been a light dusting, but the Western Cape has now recorded its first snow of 2022, after temperatures plummeted in certain parts of the province overnight. More flurries are expected to make landfall in the coming days.

Western Cape gets its first snow of the year

If you’re familiar with the geography and weather patterns of the Western Cape, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the snowfall was reported at the top of the mountains in the Matroosberg Reserve.

Matroosberg is located about two-and-a-half hours north-east of Cape Town. It sits just above the town of De Doorns, and the first place you’ll come to heading west from here is Ceres. The tourist favourite is a popular choice for snow-chasers and winter lovers alike.

On Friday morning, the official Facebook account run by the Matroosberg Reserve gave us the content we have all been waiting for. A picture shared online show the snow-capped mountains in the distance. A white dusting is clearly visible, even from miles away.

Winter is on its way

The bright winter sunshine illuminated an-already perfect sight, and although this particular snowfall was modest, the locals believe that there is now hope for ‘great snow to follow’ in the months ahead. Let’s hope so, anyway!

“The very first dusting of snow on Matroosberg. The season is really late this year, but hopefully this is the promise of great snow to follow! Keep warm and be Blessed.”

Matroosberg Reserve on the first snow of the year for the Western Cape

First snow of the year – and more coming to Eastern Cape

Elsewhere, a Level 4 warning for snow has been issued for the Eastern Cape, which will come into force on Friday evening.

The SA Weather Services (SAWS) said the first snowfall is expected to make landfall in Umzimvubu and Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape. Small stock farmers are encouraged to shelter animals. Furthermore, locals have been told to ‘dress warmly’ and ‘avoid high mountain passes’.

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