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N3 near Mooi River snowed in

More than 100 vehicles are snowed in on the N3 highway near Mooi River.

Traffic stuck on the N3 before Mooi River on 8 August 2012. Picture: via Twitter @loppi1107
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JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - The N3 Toll Concession on Wednesday said up to 100 vehicles had been snowed in near Mooi River.

Spokesperson for the concession, Andy Visser, said both heavy and lightweight vehicles remained stuck.

She said the route was closed from the Wilge Toll Plaza to the Cedara Interchange near Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal.

Meanwhile, several ambulances were snowed in on Wednesday, on Nottingham Road on the N3 highway.

Paramedics were responding to a truck accident near Mooi River when the vehicles got trapped in heavy snow.

Netcare 911 services urged motorists to stay out of the area until the roads were cleared.

GAUTENG

Wednesday will be another cold day in Gauteng, but chances of snow are slim to none, the South African Weather Service confirmed.

Tuesday marked the first snowfall in Gauteng since 1981 and residents in almost every suburb caught a glimpse of white flakes floating through the air at some point during the day. 

Residents across the province happily left the comfort of their homes and offices to try their hands at building snowmen and take pictures of their white winter.

But unfortunately, and just like lightening, snow doesn’t fall twice in Gauteng.

The weather service on Wednesday said there was a 30 percent chance of rain in parts of Gauteng, while snowfall will continue in other parts of the country.

Forecaster Mkhushulwa Msimanga said snow wass expected in parts of the Drakensburg, Eastern Free State, in the southern Highveld of Mpumalanga and in the Eastern Cape high ground.

POWER OUTAGES

Meanwhile, more City Power technicians in Johannesburg will be on standby on Wednesday, following several outages overnight due to the low temperatures and snowfall.

Spokesperson at the utility, Louis Pieterse, said because homeowners use more electrical appliances in cold weather, they would keep a close eye on the grid.

Reports indicate that many areas in the West Rand  have been without power for over 12 hours.

On Wednesday, reports from certain areas in the East Rand claimed to have no power.

WESTERN CAPE 

The Department of Education in the Western Cape on Tuesday said catch-up programmes were organised for learners who missed school due to severe weather conditions in parts of the province.

At least 41 schools were affected by heavy rainfall and snow in the Breede River Valley and in the town of Montague. 

Thirty-one of those schools were closed for most of Tuesday. 

The spokesperson for MEC Donald Grant, Bronagh Casey, said they would target all 41 schools and see if more than one day of catching-up will be needed.

The department received no reports of that schools being damaged as a result of the weather, she added.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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