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The snow forecast for the week ahead has now intensified for South Africa – Photo: Rob Beezy / Twitter

Weather LATEST: WIND and SNOW along N3, motorists warned

The N3 Toll Concession has advised motorists to delay travel after the SA Weather Service issued a snow and high wind warning.

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The snow forecast for the week ahead has now intensified for South Africa – Photo: Rob Beezy / Twitter

The South African Weather Service has issued a warning of high winds along parts of the N3 Toll Route on Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week. 

Snowfall is currently expected on Friday and Saturday along the Dihlabeng, Maluti a Phofung and Phumelela districts. This includes a section of the N3 Toll Route from Van Reenen’s Pass to Warden.

High winds, and the increased possibility of snow, may affect road conditions and the flow of traffic, causing congestion and delays, and the possible closure of sections of the N3 Toll Route in the interest of safety.

The N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) said in a statement that it was  making every attempt to ensure general safety of all its road users along the N3 Toll Route. It advised road users to stay informed of conditions for travelling on the route; to avoid night time travel when temperatures may suddenly drop and visibility is generally very poor; and to delay their trips if the inclement weather conditions become too treacherous.

“Our road incident management system (RIMS) including emergency medical services, law enforcement, the road traffic inspectorate, local authorities and route patrol services, have already been mobilised and are ready to provide support where required.  Transport and logistics operators, particularly those with livestock and perishable loads, should be aware of the expected inclement weather and possibility of traffic disruptions which may result, and are advised to plan accordingly,” N3TC’s operations manager, Thania Dhoogra said.

N3TC appealed to motorists and to the public to avoid regions where snowfall may occur and, if possible, to rather delay their trips. 

“So-called snow chasers place an additional burden on limited emergency resources, and often cause havoc on the roads during already dangerous conditions,” Dhoogra said. 

“Should you have no option but to travel, N3TC advises that road users stay aware of weather warnings and the possibility of associated road closures. Conditions may change quickly, thus it is important to be well prepared for any eventuality. Keep extra blankets, a torch, food and refreshments in your vehicle in the event of lengthy road closures. People with medical conditions, or traveling with babies, should ensure that they travel with sufficient baby supplies and medication,” explains Ms Dhoogra. 

“Adverse weather conditions may cause power failures and communication systems may be under pressure. Keep in mind that you may not be able to make contact with people if mobile and telecommunication networks are down.”

Obtain real-time and verified traffic and weather updates, report problems or obtain emergency assistance whilst travelling on the N3 Toll Route from N3TC’s 24-hour N3 Helpline by dialing 0800 63 43 57 or by following @N3Route on Twitter. 

N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) manages 415 km of the N3 Toll Route from the Cedara Interchange in KwaZulu-Natal to the Heidelberg South Interchange in Gauteng.