Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is encouraging motorists to expect snow, wind and ice on the Desert Road overnight and into tomorrow.
Waikato System Manager Cara Lauder says the Metservice is forecasting a front this evening to bring snow to the summit of the road, with continued snowfall seeing snow continue to accumulate along the Desert Road through until 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday 29 September). Winds are also expected to pick-up later today, with west or north-westerly gusts of 90-100 km/h forecast between 3pm today and midday tomorrow.
“With additional traffic on the roads due to the school holidays, motorists are asked to take care. We encourage drivers to be prepared for winter driving conditions, despite the move to spring earlier this month.
“Road closures are likely. Plan ahead, allow extra time for your journeys and drive to the road and weather conditions. Maintain a greater following distance between your vehicle and the one in front, slow down and be prepared for unexpected hazards.
“High sided vehicles and motorcycles should take particular care in strong winds.”
Other state highways in the Central Plateau may also be affected.
Ms Lauder says motorists can prepare by ensuring their vehicles are safe, roadworthy and well equipped.
“Make sure you have a safe spare tyre, your lights, brakes and windscreen-wipers are all working, and you have a clean windscreen inside and out. Ensure your cell phone is well charged and carry a car phone charger or power bank. Blankets, snacks and bottles of water are also a good idea, in case of an emergency or breakdown.”
Motorists can visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website for up to date information on road closures, detours, road works, traffic and delays.
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