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Cold front to bring wet & windy weather across SA

As snow falls on the Matroosberg Mountains, the rest of SA will experience wet & windy conditions.

FILE: As snow falls on Matroosberg Mountains, the rest of SA will experience wet & windy conditions. Picture: Stephen Phillipson.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - A cold front that's been lashing the Cape is gradually making its way across the rest of the country and will hit Gauteng on Wednesday evening.

Temperatures have plummeted dramatically in Cape Town over the past few days as heavy rains set in.

The Matroosberg Mountains received the first sprinkles of snow at the weekend, but the rest of the country will experience the cold wet and windy conditions later this week.

Weather SA said temperatures in Johannesburg will drop significantly.

Forecaster Elizabeth Webster said it's officially time to unpack the winter woollies.

"Winter has finally arrived in South Africa. We have a weather system known as the 'cut off low pressure' and it's kind of an intense weather system. We expect it to moving over by next week."

WATCH: Winter winds arrive in Cape Town

LOAD SHEDDING

Eskom said the cold front will not increase the likelihood of load shedding and this will only be implemented if its generators fail.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said this will undoubtedly lead to a spike in electricity demand, but insists its systems are prepared for this.

"When power systems are operational, we will not have load shedding."