SABC News - Parts of KZN snowed in :Sunday 24 July 2016

Parts of KZN snowed in

Sunday 24 July 2016 16:18

Minoshni Pillay

The South African Weather Service has issued an alert, warning residents to brace themselves for snow, strong winds and persistent rain.

The South African Weather Service has issued an alert, warning residents to brace themselves for snow, strong winds and persistent rain.(SABC)

KwaZulu-Natal weather and traffic authorities have had their hands full as snow fell in parts of the province.

The South African Weather Service has issued an alert, warning residents to brace themselves for snow, strong winds and persistent rain.

However, this has not deterred some snow enthusiasts from going in search of it.

The latest snow fall in KwaZulu-Natal had social media sites abuzz with excitement.

In spite of the pleas from traffic authorities for people to avoid areas of snowfall, excited snow enthusiasts simply could not resist the urge.

The Snow Report - a community based group of snow enthusiasts from across South Africa, spent the weekend tracking snow in the Midlands area.

Founder, Rob Ansell reported that heavy congestion caused traffic to pile up at the Nottingham Road off ramp for kilometers.



"The roads were not designed to carry this number of people, I think that's the biggest problem. The dirt roads are really in a bad way. It’s not advisable to go seeking snow at the moment. We started off in Mooi River and made our way to Nottingham Road, it was snowing in both places."

The South African Weather Service says the mountainous regions of KZN, the Eastern Cape and north-eastern Lesotho will bear the brunt of the heavy snowfall.

They say this will most likely be accompanied by rain and cold temperatures.

Weather forecaster, Aslam Sadiwala says: "Snowfall is set to continue into Monday in similar areas in the south western parts of the province into the southern Drakensberg, central and spreading to the northern Drakensberg. From about Tuesday we are expecting the snow to subside. However, rain will continue to persist into Tuesday."

Motorists have been strongly advised to delay trips to stay off the road as sleet and mist caused poor visibility and dangerous driving conditions.  



Commercial Manager of the N3 Toll Concession, Con Roux is advising motorists who cannot avoid travelling into snow affected areas, to be as prepared as possible.

"If there are babies in the car make sure you have all the necessities for the baby. If you are dependent on medicine have additional medication because of the possibility of roads being closed and even a worse case scenario of people becoming snowed in and having to possibly sit out a protracted closure."

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