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Traffic picks up on N3

As holiday makers head home after the long weekend, motorists have been urged to be cautious.

Traffic. Picture: Sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - Traffic volumes on the N3 highway between Durban and Johannesburg started picking up on Sunday morning, as the long-weekend started coming to an end.

The N3 Toll Concession's Con Roux said traffic at the Mooi River Plaza has risen to about 800 vehicles per hour.

He said the volume could rise to approximately 1 500 vehicles per hour during the day, while urging motorists to exercise patience.

"A warning to motorists - please to be extremely careful through the north eastern Free State, where winds are extremely heavy and require a strong degree of concentration while driving."

Meanwhile, heavy rain and snowfall continued to cause traffic chaos in some parts of the Western Cape on Sunday.

The Swartberg Pass between Oudtshoorn in the Karoo and Prince Albert was closed completely.

A cold front brought cold and wet weather to the Western Cape over the weekend, with more than 80mm of rainfall recorded in Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape.

"The closed road is currently the Swartberg Pass between Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn and then the pass just outside Citrusdal, that pass is also closed because of massive water on the roadway," said Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa.