Snow expected in KZN, roads stay open for now

2015-06-05 14:17
The first snow to fall in KZN (Jeff Wicks, News24)

The first snow to fall in KZN (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal traffic authorities were on high alert on Friday, expecting weather conditions in the province - where snow has already caused an accident - to worsen.

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Provincial traffic inspectorate spokesperson Andre Horner said all the province’s roads were still open and that the only snow reported so far had been in Kokstad.

“We are expecting things to change, but at the moment we have no road closures,” he said.

Robert McKenzie, spokesperson for the provincial Emergency Medical Service, said that one motorist had to be treated for minor injuries after his bakkie overturned near Kokstad, where it was snowing.

“It is very cold in the area and there was thick sleet on the road. It has subsequently started to snow.

The paramedics' main priority was keeping their patient warm. Once stabilised, he was transported to hospital for further care,” said McKenzie.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

Disaster management teams across the province have been placed on high alert.

In a statement, KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube Mcube said that disaster management teams from her department would remain on high alert until the inclement weather had passed.

She urged people not to light fires in the windy conditions.

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