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Another cold snap with snow expected in the Eastern Cape

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The SA Weather Service (SAWS) says another cut-off low is expected to introduce a dramatic drop in temperatures, with snow in places, for the southern half of the country from Wednesday.

It says in the days ahead, the system is expected to develop over the southern interior of the country, which will result in a sudden and widespread lowering of maximum temperatures, especially over the Cape provinces.

Apart from the impact of widespread, bitterly cold and showery conditions setting in over these provinces, snowfalls are expected over the higher mountains of the Cape provinces on Wednesday, spreading to the Drakensberg Mountain peaks of Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.

By Saturday, much of the rainfall will be in the process of shifting to the eastern and northeastern provinces.

The majority of the inclement weather is expected to clear by Sunday.

The public and small stock farmers are advised that the very cold, wet and windy conditions may pose a risk to livestock, vulnerable crops and plants.

A Yellow level 2 warning has been issued for possible disruptive snow over the mountains of Eastern Cape, particularly affecting the Dr Beyers Naude Local Municipality (LM).

Graaff Reinet is expected to be significantly affected as well as the Chris Hani District Municipality, Raymond Mhlaba LM, Elundini LM and Matatiele.

The mountain pass in Barkley East will also be affected up until Thursday morning.

A yellow level 2 warning for damaging winds and waves is expected to result in localised disruption to small harbours/ports with difficulty in the navigation of small vessels between Plettenberg Bay and East London are to be expected.