Strong cold front on track and here is what you can expect

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The strong front is making its way to South Africa and is set to make landfall on Saturday evening. Ahead of the cold front, pre-frontal rain is possible throughout the day on Saturday for the south-western parts of the Western Cape.

According to models, most of the rain is expected overnight on Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday morning with more than 25mm expected for the Peninsula, the City Bowl, parts of the Overberg and the mountainous areas of the Western Cape.

Freezing levels are expected to drop to 1,200m above sea level due to the passing front. Therefore, snowfalls are expected for the high lying ground of the Northern Cape and the mountainous areas of the Western & Eastern Cape, from late on Saturday night. Significant snowfalls are expected over the mountain peaks with more than 20 cm expected. All snow chasers need to be cautious because mountain passes might be closed. Even Table Mountain can expect a light snow dusting in the early hours of Sunday morning.

On Sunday extremely cold and cloudy conditions are expected in the west with maximum temperatures remaining below 10°C in some places.

In contrast, ahead of the front, warm and sunny weather is expected in the east with temperatures above 30°C in the Lowveld and parts of KZN.

Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga will escape most of the front’s effects but gusty conditions are expected on Saturday and Sunday with cooler daytime temperatures after an unseasonably warm week.

Chilly conditions are expected across South Africa on Monday with temperatures below 20°C in the east but still extremely cold in parts of the Cape provinces with temperatures just above 10°C.

The effect of the front continues on Monday as the cold air behind the front will result in freezing cold overnight temperatures and frost in places.

Please do keep in mind compared to the #CapeStorm we experienced a few weeks ago this front WILL NOT have the extreme components such as gale force winds more than 90km/h and rough seas with wave heights of more than 10m. The cold front expected this weekend is a perfect textbook example of the type of systems the western parts can expect in winter.