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Weather Update: Cold, wet wintery conditions expected over next two days

Aug 15, 2017
Weather Update: Cold, wet wintery conditions expected over next two days

Cold, wet wintery conditions are expected to move in and effect the Eastern Cape over the next two days, starting overnight on Tuesday/Wednesday, the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service said on Tuesday.

"Snow is forecast over high lying areas, with disruptive snow expected over mountain passes north of the escarpment. The good news is that some rain is also expected over the Metro’s main storage dam’s catchment areas," described Garth Sampson, Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape at the South African Weather Service.

"For the snow watchers, snow might be visible over the Cockscomb and Formosa mountain peaks."

Wednesday 16 August 2017

Sampson said that cold showery conditions are expected to start moving in overnight (Tuesday/Wednesday), as a result of a cold front passing over our region.

"This will be followed by a ridging high pressure system which will feed in showery conditions.  

"Snow is expected over high lying areas of the Eastern Cape, with possible disruptive snowfall over passes north of the escarpment from early afternoon onwards," he added.

"This will include the  Lootsberg and Wapadsberg passes. The snow will spread to the Eastern Cape Drakensberg  by the evening, with disruptive snowfall expected over the passes to the north of Queenstown as well as passes leading into the Drakensberg."

Thursday 17 August 2017

Sampson also said that cloudy cold and wet conditions will persist as the high pressure system continues to feed in moisture over the region.

"The rainfall rate along the coast and adjacent interior east of Cannon Rocks, will intensify,  with heavy rain (more than 50mm in 24hours) being expected, as a result of an intensifying cut off low. 

"This is expected to cause localized flooding along the coast as far west as Plettenberg Bay. Snowfalls will continue over the north-western regions until mid-day and continue over the Drakensberg all day long," he added.

Friday 18 August 2017

He said that the showery conditions will move eastwards, with the high pressure system still feeding in moisture in over areas east of East London. 

"Showers are expected south of Darlington Dam, extending to the eastern parts of the province (east of Fort Beaufort).  Snow is expected to persist over the Drakensberg during the morning," described Sampson. 

"General clearance can be expected from the west by mid-day, spreading eastwards by evening."

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