KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services (EMS) warned motorists on Sunday to drive safely if travelling on the N3.
According to Robert McKenzie, EMS media liaison, weather conditions were poor in the KZN midlands, heading inland.
“Currently there is sleet falling on the N3 and in other areas snow has fallen. People and trucking companies are asked to delay trips if possible,” he said.
According to the SA Weather Services advisory, heavy snowfalls were expected from Sunday, 24 July through to Tuesday (26 July) as the current cold front extended to parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Free State. Heavy snowfalls were expected in Mooi River, Ladysmith, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Van Reenen’s Pass, Harrismith, Bethlehem and surrounding areas.
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“With the increased possibility of snow, there is also a high likelihood that that local residents and travellers may be snowed-in as roads may have to be closed in the interest of safety,” said McKenzie.
He said weather and traffic conditions as well as road closures would be communicated via the media and N3TC’s Twitter feed @N3Route.
“It is highly recommended that road users confirm the status of travel conditions with N3TC’s 24-hour Customer Careline,” he said.
Contact 0800 N3 Help (0800 63 4357).
Traffic congestion caused at Nottingham Road, KZN Midlands ..public ignoring urgent appeals NOT to go snow watching. pic.twitter.com/XW1iXT7aHm
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