Cold, rain and snow expected to cause road disruptions in KZN

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Snow in Fernwood central Drakensberg.PHOTO: Thys Janse van Rensburg
Snow in Fernwood central Drakensberg.PHOTO: Thys Janse van Rensburg

Disruptive snow in KwaZulu-Natal could lead to the closure of mountain passes, warned South African Weather Services on Friday.

The service also said some communities may be temporarily inaccessible with traffic disruptions over main roads and highways such as the N3.

It said disruptions are expected over the south-western parts of KZN on Friday and Saturday.

The N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) has also advised motorists travelling on the N3 to keep their headlights on and a safe following distance due to high winds and snow.

It urged drivers to take extra caution along Van Reenen’s Pass because of drizzle and misty conditions.

In a statement, N3TC’s operations manager, Thania Dhoogra, said the road incident management system is ready to provide support when and where required.

Meanwhile, Philip Hull of Community Medical Services said the inclement weather conditions could be a nightmare for people who get stranded in the snow.

However, N3TC’s Dhoogra said if motorists have no option but to travel, they should stay aware of weather warnings and the possibility of associated road closures.

She added that road conditions may change quickly.

“It is important to be well prepared for any event. Keep extra blankets, a torch, food and refreshments in your vehicle in the event of lengthy road closures. People with medical conditions or those travelling with babies, should ensure they travel with sufficient baby supplies and medication,” said Dhoogra.

In central Drakensberg, Thys Janse van Rensburg said that at Fernwood in the berg, it has been snowing for over two hours.

“It is beautiful to watch and see. I think this is the second time we are experiencing so much snow and we are grateful,” said Janse van Rensburg on Friday morning.

Anyone in need of assistance on the roads may contact N3TC’s 24-hour N3 Helpline, 0800 634 357.

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