SA Weather Service warns of 'intense cold front', rain, snow and fire this weekend

By Kirstin Buick
15 September 2016

The rain, at least, we'd welcome with open arms.

But the South African Weather Service says there's some extreme weather in store for much of SA in the coming days.

While there's a good chance of rain in parts of the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KZN, the service issued a warning for extremely high fire danger in parts of the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, the North West and the Free State, as well as in places in the Central Karoo of the Western Cape, Traveller24 reports.

Also, it's going to a snow. Snow Report SA says thanks to the cold front that hit our shores on Thursday, snowfall is expected "almost immediately" over all mountains in the west of the Western Cape, as well as areas of the Northern Cape.

"No big dumps are expected, with the heaviest snow being expected on Matroosberg (10 cm at the top) and the Cederberg (15cm at the top)."

On Saturday, we will still see light snow over the SWC, areas of the NC and snowfalls moving into the EC areas over most of the high ground between Graaff-Reinet and Hogsback. "A couple of areas in the EC could see snowfalls up to 10cm during the period, but once again, no heavy dumps are expected.”

Here's a more detailed report from: www.weathersa.co.za

WARNINGS

Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the eastern parts of the Northern Cape, central and north-western parts of the Eastern Cape, the North West, the Free State as well as in places in the Central Karoo of the Western Cape.

WATCHES

1. Gale force westerly to north-westerly wind (65-70 km/h) is expected over interior of Western Cape, southern interior of the Northern Cape as well as over the Eastern Cape on Friday.

2. Heavy rain is expected in places over Cape Metropole, Cape Winelands and Overberg Districts on Friday.

3. Localised flooding is expected in places over Cape Metropole, Cape Winelands and Overberg Districts on Friday.

4. High seas with wave heights in excess of 6m is expected between Alexander Bay and Cape Agulhas on Friday spreading to between Plettenberg Bay and East London by Friday night.

5. Storm surge is expected between Lamberts Bay and Cape Agulhas on Friday.

6. Gale force northwesterly wind (65-70km/h) is expected between Hondeklip Bay and Cape Point on Friday.

SPECIAL WEATHER ADVISORIES

1. An intense cold front is expected to affect the country from Thursday evening through to Saturday. The public and small stock farmers are advised that very cold conditions and snowfalls are expected in places over the high-lying areas of the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape as well as south-western KwaZulu-Natal. Strong interior winds can also be expected over the western and southern parts of the country.

2. Disruptive snowfalls are expected over the mountain passes in the southern Drakensberg and Sneeuberg Mountains of the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

News24/SA weather service

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