BREAKING NEWS: Heavy snow closes passes in EC

The provincial traffic department has warned motorists travelling in the Eastern Cape of hazardous road conditions.

In a statement by provincial traffic deputy director and spokesman Charles Bramwell, he said heavy snowfalls had occurred resulting in the closure of the Loodsberg pass on the N9 between Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg and the Wapadsberg pass between Graaff-Reinet and Cradock.

A vehicle stuck on the R56 between Molteno and Dordrecht Picture: SUPPLIED

Light snowfalls are being experienced on the R67 between Fort Beaufort and Komani and while the road remains open, it is slippery.

Bramwell said snow was also falling on the Kraairiver Pass between Barkly East and Lady Grey and motorists travelling in the area were being advised to reschedule trips if possible.

On the R56, about 36 kilometres north of Mount Fletcher, the snow is about 5cm thick.

Some snow has been recorded on the Barkly Pass on the R58 between Barkly East and Elliot and while the road remains open, the situation was being monitored.

The Penhoek pass on the N6 between Komani and Jamestown remains open although snow is also falling in the area.

“Motorists are urged to be extra cautious in these conditions as the road surfaces are slippery.”

Bramwell said traffic officers were on duty throughout the area with disaster management teams on standby.

“We will keep our motoring public up to date as the day unfolds.”

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