The Eastern Cape can brace itself for very cold weather over the next two days, with heavy rain tonight and snow expected in the mountains.
The outlook is:
Light rain is expected in places over the Eastern Cape today, but the freezing levels are still high and no snow is expected until tomorrow.
Heavy falls of rain are expected along the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua coast in the evening and overnight, but rainfall amounts are expected to be below 50mm/24hrs for the Plettenburg Bay/Tsitsikamma area, with heavy falls in the George area.
Rain and low freezing levels will spread from the Plettenburg Bay area into the western Half of the Eastern Cape (west of Cradock) during the morning, with snow expected over the Kouga Mountains, Sneeuberg and Winterberg.
This snow will continue during the day and it is possible that mountain passes in the Graaf-reinet, Cradock and Queenstown areas may be closed.
The snow will spread to the Southern Drakensberg by the evening, affecting mountain passed in the Barkley East area overnight and into Friday morning. Motorists are advised to make alternative arrangements where necessary.
Rapid clearance is expected from the west on Friday.