Heavy rain and snow predicted as icy conditions hit parts of SA this weekend

14 July 2017

More heavy rains are predicted for Sunday and the weather service warns of flooding ...

A severe cold front is set to hit parts of the country this weekend, with extreme weather conditions reaching the rest of SA by Monday.

According to the South African Weather Service, the Western Cape will be the first to feel the chill when the cold front hits them on Saturday. But residents of the drought-stricken Cape will be pleased to hear heavy rains are set to fall in the south west of the province by Saturday afternoon.

More heavy rains are predicted for Sunday and the weather service warns of flooding in the Cape metropole, Winelands as well as the Overberg.

Here is the expected total accumulating of snow for the weekend. Thank you to the @SAWeatherServic pic.twitter.com/8drcACOXEb

— Storm Report SA (@StormReportSA1) July 13, 2017

By Sunday afternoon the rains will have reached the Eastern and Northern Cape. Temperatures will drop drastically all over the country, but especially in the West and Northern Cape, where the mercury will fall to 10° C in certain parts.

As a result of the low temperatures, snow can also be expected in mountainous parts of the Western and Northern Cape. This may mean road closures through the mountain passes in these provinces this weekend.

The snow is coming! A cold front is bringing quite a bit of snow for South Africa from late Sat night/Sunday... https://t.co/ZdddlUAADw pic.twitter.com/MszsJjO3I8

— Snow Report SA (@SnowReportSA) July 12, 2017

Strong winds are also predicted all over the country for Sunday, especially between Cape St Francis and East London, where winds of about 70km/h are expected.

Boats are also warned of swells of 4 m or even higher between the Cape and Port Elizabeth from Saturday night onwards. Rough seas will spread towards East London by Sunday morning and should reach Kosibaai by Monday. Those who plan on visiting the sea need to be aware of the stormy conditions with waves reaching heights of 6 to 9 m between Cape Town breaking between Cape Town and East London.

By Monday people inland can expect a few cold icy mornings as the cold front moves towards the interior of the country. Residents of KwaZulu-Natal can expect some rainfall in this time

The weather service also slammed a WhatsApp message doing the rounds that warns of a cold front twice the strength of the previous cold front experienced in the Western Cape in June. Authorities insist this is not the case and the message should be ignored.

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