Snow and freezing temperatures expected

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Disruptive snowfall is expected in parts of the Eastern Cape with South Africans bracing for extremely cold conditions across parts of the country in the coming days.

Snow will possibly fall over the southern Drakensberg on Thursday and this may result in the closure of roads and mountain passes, warns the South African Weather Service.

Areas that may be affected include Molteno, Barkley East, Lady Gray and Matatiele. Heavy snowfall is expected in Lesotho and these conditions could spill over into Qwaqwa in the north-eastern Free State.

A cut-off low pressure system has already led to very low temperatures in the western regions of the Free State and North West.

Disruptive rain in places already hit some communities along the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal and the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape on Tuesday and these rainy conditions are likely to continue on Wednesday.

The wet and cold conditions are expected to spread to the central provinces of the country, with a risk of storms with heavy downpours, lightning and large amounts of small hail.

A minimum temperature of 0 °C is expected for Bloemfontein on Thursday with a maximum temperature of 13 °C. An expected minimum temperature of -2 °C is expected for Friday. In Molteno, a minimum temperature of -4 °C is expected for Saturday morning.