A number of motorists, particularly in the Eastern Cape, will be ‘driving in a winter wonderland’ on Thursday – and although these flurries make for some pretty pictures, they’ve also caused havoc on the roads. Several major routes have been completely closed to traffic, after a heavy downfall of snow blanketed some regions in the Cape Provinces.
‘Snow limits’: Parts of SA transformed by arctic conditions
Without a doubt, the Eastern Cape has been hit hardest by the blizzard-like conditions. The passes of Penhoek on the N6, Lootsberg on the N9, and Wapadsberg on the R61 have all been shut off on Thursday morning. Meanwhile, drivers are advised to exercise extreme caution when travelling on the R56, and through Nico Malan pass.
Elsewhere, the Northern Cape ended up with a fairly respectable dusting. It was inevitable that our own winter paradise of Sutherland would end up with snow, but it would be the flakes falling in Kimberley that grabbed the headlines in this province. Snowfall is few and far between in this city, but locals were treated to the full works earlier in the day.
- However, for the Western Cape, snowfall has been rather sporadic in the last 24 hours…