Extreme weather this weekend in the Eastern Cape

A Cut-off low is expected to cause extremely cold weather and heavy rainfalls today. All the mountains in the Western Half of the Eastern Cape should have snow by this afternoon.

According to the Port Elizabeth weather office, as the cut-off low develops it will warm up slightly, so snow on Friday night will be contained to the high ground. Temperatures will drop again on Saturday, when the heavy falls of rain are expected over the majority of the wider Jeffreys Bay region.

Roads in low lying areas could be underwater by tomorrow morning.

Heavy rain is expected Friday through to Saturday and falls of up to 100 mm can be expected in places in a large area stretching from Aberdeen in the north to Tsitsiskama in the west and Hamburg in the east. Low lying areas should be avoided as flash flooding could occur in places.

Very cold conditions are also expected over the majority of the Eastern Cape Friday to Sunday.

Snow is expected over high lying areas such as the Sneeuberg, Winterberg and southern Drakensburg mountains and will occur as close to Port Elizabeth as the Baviaanskloof and Grootwinterhoek Mountains.

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Motorists are warned that many of these passes could become impassable over the weekend at some time or other. Roads in high lying areas WILL BE slippery at most times under these conditions.

Small Stock Farmers are advised to bring their livestock under cover as conditions are severe for the lost of livestock from tonight until Saturday night.

The Jeffreys Bay Police as well as the Municipal Disaster Management team are on stand-by to assist residents where necessary over the weekend.