According to the most recent South African Weather Services advisory, approximately one centimetre of snow can be expected along the pass between Harrismith and Ladysmith in the early hours of 6 June.
N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) has issued a warning to all road users and tourists to take the necessary precautions and not travel at night.
The forecasted snowfall is expected to occur any time between 2am and 8am.
“The possibility of ice formation on the road surface is a massive risk for any vehicle travelling through the area. Please be responsible, make informed decisions and be prepared for the worst if you are planning to travel this weekend,” Con Roux, commercial manager of N3TC, said.
All emergency services, law enforcement agencies, rescue- and relief services and disaster management teams in the area have been mobilised and placed on high alert.
Motorists are advised to pack extra blankets, food and refreshments in the vehicle in the event that they may be caught in a lengthy closure.
Road users can confirm the status of travel conditions with N3TC’s 24-hour Customer Careline on 0800 N3 Help (0800 63 4357) or get real-time traffic updates on the N3TC’s Twitter feed (@N3Route)
If required, sections of the route may be closed to traffic should conditions become too dangerous and the area deemed inaccessible.