Western Cape traffic officials says the Gydo Pass in the Koue Bokkeveld, as well as various other roads, have been closed, mainly due to adverse weather conditions and snowfall.

Heavy downpours have lashed the Cape since Friday as icy and cold weather conditions moved in. Heavy snow has also fallen in parts of the Northern and Eastern Cape.

Western Cape Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa has warned motorists to be careful.

“Between Touwsriver and Hex River pass and De Doorns also heavy snowfall currently. We intend to also close the N1 in Hex River pass due to this heavy snowfall. It currently also very dangerous, the roads are slippery and we urge motorists not to use the N1 between De Doorns and Touwsriver right now and also not the Theronsberg pass between Touwsiver and Ceres.”

Meanwhile, snow has also been reported in some parts of the Free State. Michael Nethavhani from the Weather Service in the province says the weather will start to improve from Wednesday.

” For the rest of the week, temperatures will start to recover, particularly maximum temperature getting between 15 and 18 towards the end of the week. By Friday and Saturday temperatures will be heading towards 20. Snowfall has been reported in the far Southern Free State,  Zastron, Smithfield, Aliwal North.”

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