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Winter is coming! The South African Weather Service is warning residents across the country of a large cold front that is expected to hit the country today.

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As many of us wait eagerly to watch the new Game of Thrones episode at the end of this week, South African motorists should be wary of getting too caught up in their favourite series and missing the winter that’s already all around them.

Residents of the Western Cape will be happy to see some much-needed rain for the drought-stricken province, with heavy rainfall expected over the Garden Route between Mossel Bay and Cape St. Francis. Gauteng will experience warmer conditions today, before the front hits tomorrow morning.

Very cold conditions are expected over the south-western parts of the country today, moving to the central and eastern regions by Thursday. Predicted temperatures will fall as low as 5° C and snow is expected in some parts of the country, including the western half of the Eastern Cape, the southern Free State and the southern Drakensberg.

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Having snowball fights and building snowmen sounds like fun, but the driving in such cold conditions presents a number of dangers that you should watch out for.

Even if you’re not taking a road trip to see the snow, temperatures will be dangerously low in many areas, so double-check that your car’s heaters and defoggers are in good working condition.

Planning on taking the family on a trip to see the snow this week? Make sure you read our Expert Tips for Driving in Winter!

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