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Weather Update: Isolated showers, snow and gale force winds expected

Aug 17, 2017
Weather Update: Isolated showers, snow and gale force winds expected

Isolated showers can be expected over the western half of the province on Thursday, says the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service, in its latest weather update.

"The cold and wet conditions have moved over to the eastern parts of the province where widespread showers and thundershowers will occur along the coast and adjacent interior north of Port Alfred," described Garth Sampson, Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape at the South African Weather Service. 

"Snowfalls will continue through the remainder of Thursday and overnight over the high lying areas of the Eastern Cape, especially over the Winterberg and southern Drakensberg."

Sampson said that disruptive snowfalls expected over the high lying areas of the Eastern Cape, especially along the escarpment and Winterberg.

"Accumulation of snow expected to result in traffic disruptions, especially over the passes," he added.

"Hazardous driving conditions due to icy road conditions and/or rock falls."

Sampson also said that heavy rain is expected along the south east and wild coast. Excess of 50mm is expected in these areas which can result in flooding of river systems and low lying areas.

"Gale force winds of 70 km/h is expected along the coast north of East London from the afternoon," he further said.

"Conditions will start to clear on Friday over the Eastern, with only light rain expected along the south east coast."