Snow and thunderstorms expected in parts of the Eastern Cape

JULY 16, 2015

A cut-off low is expected to move into to the southern parts of the Free State by this evening, bringing with it cold unstable conditions and strong winds. The effect of this system will be limited to the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape (East of Tarkastad), according to the Port Elizabeth office of the SA Weather Services.

"Snow is expected over areas around the South parts of the Drakensberg from later this evening until around midday tomorrow (Friday).  Disruptive snowfalls can be expected in places  such as Cofimvaba, Lady Frere, Elliot, Maclear, Engcobo, Barkley East, Jamestown, Tsolo, Matatiele, Mount Ayliff and Ntabankulu," said Garth Sampson, Spokesman for the SA Weather Service.

"People are advised to seek warm shelter and avoid using high mountainous passes .

"Small stock farmers are advised to take the necessary precautions."

Sampson said that severe thunderstorms are expected in places over the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape (east of Tarkastad extending in a line to the Kei River Mouth)  from around midday on Thursday until later this evening. These storms can produce strong gusty winds.

"It is advised to seek shelter in a sturdy building and to park cars away from old trees that may fall over."

Outlook for weekend

A frontal system touching the coastline will bring showers along the coastal belt and adjacent interior, from Plettenburg Bay to East London, from Friday midday onwards. It will start clearing from the west by late Saturday evening.

The interior will remain cool to cold.

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