Brace for a battering as weather worsens
A COLD front bringing more rain, strong winds and snow on the mountains is expected to arrive in the Western Cape today following an earlier front that brought rain over the past week.
The cold snap is expected to continue tomorrow with snowfalls expected in high-lying areas.
City of Cape Town Disaster Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said the South African Weather Service had issued weather warnings, with forecasts of heavy rainfalls, strong winds, very cold conditions and possible snowfalls.
“All City of Cape Town services and applicable external agencies will be on standby to deal with any potential consequences of the severe weather episode which could include uprooted trees, power interruptions and flooded roadways,” Powell said.
The City said it would provide emergency shelter in the event that people were displaced as a result of flooding.
South African Weather Service spokesperson Rian Smith said the rain was expected to fall on and off throughout the day. “The bulk of the rain will come in the late morning to early afternoon and we will see some snowfall overnight,” he said.
Snow Report SA said the mountain ranges that could see more than 15cm of snowfall included the Hottentots Holland, Cederberg, Matroosberg and Boland.
The City urged the public to report any emergencies by dialling 107 from a landline or 021 4807700 from a cellphone.
General service requests could be directed to 0860 103089. – Additional reporting by ANA
Three children duck under a beach umbrella to dodge the rain yesterday on a trip to a spaza shop in Vrygrond.