'Brutal' cold front to hit SA

Cold temperatures, heavy rain and even snow are expected to hit parts of SA this week.

FILE: Cold temperatures, heavy rain and even snow are expected to hit parts of SA this week. Picture @Clarissa_Hart via Twitter"

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - With a severe cold front fast approaching, emergency services officials in parts of the country including Gauteng, are bracing themselves for a busy few days.

The brutal cold front has already hit the Western Cape bringing with it heavy rain and wind.

The weather is only expected to clear up by the weekend.

Senior weather forecaster Kate Turner says some high-lying areas will also experience snow.

"There is a possibility for snowfall over our high-lying areas, that would be the high grounds of the Western Cape, stretching all the way to Sutherland and the Northern Cape."

At the same time traffic authorities in the Cape have warned motorists to be vigilant on the roads.

Two people died in a collision on the N1 Highway outside Laingsburg after two trucks collided early this morning.

Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa says, "Two trucks collided head-on and both drivers died. Three passengers were taken to hospital with serious injuries."

Johannesburg's Emergency Management Services (EMS) pleaded with residents to be more vigilant when using candles or heaters.

Officials said informal settlements were high-risk areas for fires during winter.

EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said, "We advise communities to take care of their heating appliances like candles, heaters and paraffin stoves. They must make sure those items are supervised all the time."

The weather service said temperatures in Gauteng were expected to begin dropping from tomorrow.