The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a Level 2 warning for disruptive snow which is valid until Friday, 21 July 2023. The affected areas include Newcastle, Dannhauser, Ladysmith, Underberg, Greater Kokstad, Impendle, Estcourt, Giants Castle, Mooi River, Bergville, uMngeni, and Umzimkhulu Local Municipality.
In addition to this, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (KZN CoGTA) emphasised that the weather conditions could lead to icy roads, potentially causing traffic disruptions and isolated loss of vulnerable livestock and crops.
In response to the impending weather, KZN CoGTA proactively activated all disaster management teams in the mentioned municipalities, ensuring they are ready to respond if needed.
Furthermore, KZN CoGTA issued an advisory to motorists, urging them to exercise caution while travelling and, if possible, consider avoiding travel altogether due to potentially slippery roads.
The department also appealed to residents with livestock, encouraging them to ensure the protection of their animals or relocate them to safer areas. “We encourage everyone to stay informed about weather updates and to take all necessary precautions during this period of snowfall in the Midlands area,” added KZN CoGTA.
As the weather authorities continue to warn of inclement weather conditions, AccuWeather has provided detailed insights into what Newcastle, Dundee, and Ladysmith can expect during the upcoming weekend.
Friday, 21 July 2023:
AccuWeather predicts that Newcastle will experience a cloudy and cool day, with temperatures expected to reach 13° during the day and drop to 6° at night.
In Dundee, a morning shower is expected, followed by a cool and cloudy day, with temperatures reaching 11° during the day and 4° at night.
Meanwhile, Ladysmith can expect a cloudy and cool day, with temperatures expected to be around 12° during the day and 4° at night.
Saturday, 22 July 2023:
Newcastle is expected to experience a warmer Saturday, with AccuWeather forecasting a sunny to partly cloudy day, and temperatures reaching 20° during the day and 9° at night.
Dundee residents can anticipate a sunny day, with temperatures expected to reach 20° during the day and 8° at night.
Ladysmith is predicted to have a mostly sunny day, with temperatures reaching 21° during the day and 8° at night.
Sunday, 23 July 2023:
AccuWeather predicts that Newcastle will enjoy the sun through high clouds on Sunday, with temperatures expected to reach 25° during the day and 8° at night.
In Dundee, a beautiful Sunday with periods of sun and clouds is expected, with temperatures reaching 24° during the day and 9° at night.
For Ladysmith, a pleasant and warmer day with sun and areas of high clouds is forecasted, with temperatures reaching 26° during the day and 9° at night.
With a rather pleasant weekend predicted, residents are urged to stay informed about weather updates and take necessary precautions in light of the changing weather conditions.