Snow shuts down major SA roads

2011-07-26 08:42

Johannesburg - Major roads in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape have been closed due to heavy snowfall on Tuesday morning, the SABC reported.

The N3 highway between Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal has been closed from the Wilge toll plaza near Villiers to the Tugela toll plaza at Ladysmith.

Other major routes like the N5 and N11 have been closed at mountain passes as a result of snow. Motorists have been urged to postpone their journeys until conditions improved.

A number of roads in the Eastern Cape, including the N2 between Kokstad and Mount Ayliff, the Wapadsberg and Lootsberg passes, and the R72 between Kenton on Sea and Alexandria have also been closed.

The N1 between Beaufort West and Richmond was closed for part of Monday.

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  • Spaffy - 2011-07-26 08:50

    I wish Cape Town would get some snow... :-(

      a_Pebble - 2011-07-26 09:19

      Ngqeku, way to pull something really beautiful into the dirty realm of SA politics...

      eagleye - 2011-07-26 09:35

      @ngqeku - not going to tell yu again ! yu need to look in the mirror EVERYDAY and tell yourself - self, i want to be taken seriously !

      Johan van Zyl - 2011-07-26 09:37

      @Ngqeku - The fact that you are not in the WC is the blessing. Please keep it as such.

      the_truth - 2011-07-26 09:51

      Fokit, Pebbl, Johan van zyl, moet julle politiek in die ding inbring!~

      Totman - 2011-07-26 10:15

      @the_truth. I agree, but they are responding, in a descend enough way, to Ngqeku. He started it. I presume you did n't see his comment. It is now removed by him or someone.

      Ke maketse - 2011-07-26 10:17

      @Ngqeku. So us in Limpopo are not blessed then? And we will never be

      morentebo - 2011-07-26 11:26

      and Rustenburg :-(

  • lenand40 - 2011-07-26 09:02

    In Bloemfontein and have (did) a meeting in Bethlehem, which is very likely cancelled as the N5 is closed between Senekal and Bethlehem

  • shado - 2011-07-26 09:02

    Snow is not good for a developing country, too many poor people will be affected badly.

      flyswat - 2011-07-26 14:52

      Shado, snow is one of life's realities! Deal with it! Snow has been around a LOT longer than poor little human beings!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-07-26 15:24

      Shado is for the first time you here of the word snow?

      Robschele - 2011-07-26 16:56

      People are then forced to develop or die. You think Sweden and Norway were always rich? Go look at the Russians living in Siberia. Most of them very poor but they adjusted. We are used to warm weather. No insulation against cold in our houses. I think that might be the problem in Africa. No extreme weather conditions to force you to think of the future. Today might be cold but don't worry, tomorrow it will be hot again. Just sit a little closer to the fire. Don't worry about improving your house. It's just a waste of energy.

  • Cameron - 2011-07-26 09:06

    Are there any indications of when the road might reopen?

  • Uno_Beche - 2011-07-26 09:10

    There are no roads closed. Just checked and they are all open. This is just an early April fools joke

      eagleye - 2011-07-26 09:36

      good laugh !!!

  • Ruan - 2011-07-26 09:11

    And yet Cape Town is still waiting for its yearly rainfall.... What is happening to this weather. I remember growing up in Ceres 2 weeks of nonstop rain and then snow falling all over the place. And now we have "pleasant" winters.

      Totman - 2011-07-26 10:00

      We had some rain. Yes the pattern is different and we now have a brake in-between, but we will have late rain again. Unfortunately with some storms and bad conditions going with it. What is strange is the hot air ahead. Than some thunder and suddenly the normal rain follows. It happened a few times this winter. This 2 weeks rain seams only to come now every few years, but at least do we still get some other rain that keeps to total up. The vallies always ask me where the 2 weeks rain is and I promptly tell them it is gone due to there

  • McDaNife - 2011-07-26 09:41

    Wow bring them on. hope we have snow by the weekend in Kzn

  • Eve - 2011-07-26 10:05

    Its snowing in Ermelo this morning. Hasn't snowed there in years

      IBI - 2011-07-27 01:50

      I saw my first snow in Ermelo in 1955. Went to school plowing through it.

  • struth - 2011-07-26 10:10

    Thank you to our News24 readers for the beautiful winter wonderland pics! A real treat.

  • Dubya - 2011-07-26 10:14

    Cool, I'm sure people are enjoying that!

  • dina.reyneke - 2011-07-26 11:27

    Ek wil ook daar wees, my droom is om in "snow" ye wees!

      HJS - 2011-07-26 13:37

      En dan doen jy wat?

      jowza - 2011-07-26 15:26

      ek droom om met jou te wees

  • flyswat - 2011-07-26 14:48

    Anyone see my cocaine? Lost in the Eastern Cape today

      IBI - 2011-07-27 01:52

      I got a sniff of it ski-ing past you.

  • 50something - 2011-07-26 16:51

    Clever outjie this "snow". He also shut down the railway lines.

  • Sandy001 - 2011-07-27 14:22

    Its too freaking cold for my liking

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