First cold front of year br-r-r-rings rain, chills

Heavy rain fell in the province on Friday and this morning (Sat) as a broad front swept over the east and north of the country (image top, SA Weather Service).

The front, which hit the Western Cape on Thursday and Friday brought cold temperatures and heavy downpours in parts. The Midlands had a welcome late top-up of precipitation before the onset of the dry season.

Snow chasers

Sadly for snow chasers, predictions regarding the extent of snowfall on the Berg were downgraded on Friday evening. Snow Report SA reported on its Facebook page:

“Unfortunately for snow-chasers there seems to be a significant reduction in the projected snow levels for later today (Friday). We’re no longer seeing signs of snow in the northern berg and the levels in the central berg have reduced dramatically to between 5 and 10 cm.”

It said there were still chances of a good fall of snow in the Southern Berg, although conditions could change.

KZN weather map for Saturday. SA Weather Service on Twitter.

The Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs warned of heavy rainfall and possible flooding in various parts of the province on Friday and Saturday morning. It urged residents and motorists to heed weather warnings and plan accordingly to remain safe.

eThekwini’s disaster management teams were placed on high alert on Friday.

Mooi River was to remain cold (Min11-Max17) with rain on Saturday, warming up from Sunday; it was a very similar scenario in Howick, while in Pietermaritzburg temperatures on Saturday were 14-20C with occasional showers, getting warmer from Sunday (info from SA Weather Service).