Snow causes chaos on SA's roads

CAPE TOWN - After a blisteringly cold weekend, forecasts of snow for parts of SA continue into the new week, as sections of the N3 in KwaZulu-Natal are being described as 'Tibet'.

The South African Weather Service issued a warning to expect heavy rainfall for the south and central coast of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as disruptive snowfall over the high grounds of the south-western and western parts of KwaZulu-Natal, the eastern Free State as well as the north-eastern high-ground of the Eastern Cape on Monday.

As a result the Automobile Association (AA) is warning motorists travelling to KwaZulu-Natal to take extra care as the heavy weather is expected to continue until Tuesday.

Arrive Alive confirmed via twitter that part of the KwaZulu-Natal/Free State R74 Route has been closed on Monday morning between Bergville and Harrismith due to heavy snow.

The N3TC says, “With the increased possibility of snow, there is also a high likelihood that local residents and travellers may be snowed-in as roads may have to be closed in the interest of safety.” It has strongly advised motorists to avoid travelling to the area unless absolutely necessary.

Travellers are being advised to keep an eye on weather conditions before attempting to travel. The N3TC has also advised motorists who do travel to the area to pack extra blankets, food and refreshments in the event they are caught in lengthy closures. People with medical conditions should ensure they travel with sufficient medical supplies. Communication systems could also be affected by the adverse weather.

Motorists can follow @N3TCRoute on Twitter or contact the N3TC’s 24-hour Customer Care Line on 0800 63 4357 for more information regarding the weather and road conditions on the route.

Other roads and passes in SA have also been affected. Travellers have been tweeting from the Eastern Cape and Drakensberg surrounds saying the road are either closed, or very dangerous to drive on.

The road to Sani Pass appears to be closed, and the N2 between Mount Ayliff and Mount Frere is also very dangerous to drive on.

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