Drivers should be ready for snow and ice on many South Island State Highways this morning, says the NZ Transport Agency. The wider Dunedin area and Palmerston to Gore, is very icy and road users need to take care.
Care is needed on all alpine passes – Arthur’s, Porters, Lewis, Lindis, with no towing vehicles and chains required on Arthur’s and Porter’s currently. Check the Traffic Table(external link) or map(external link) for updates.
In Queenstown Lakes District the Crown Range is open and gritted on top of packed snow so care is needed with more snow expected. Other roads in the district are open and gritted. See link(external link) for details.
Transport Agency contracting teams in the South Island were on the roads early today snow ploughing and applying grit. Transport Agency Journey Manager Lee Wright says drivers need to drive prepared today, ready for changes in conditions and if the journey is not necessary, think about deferring it.
“Those travelling through alpine passes, Arthur’s, Porters, Lewis, or travelling in the south of the South Island and inland areas like the Mackenzie Basin and Lindis Pass should carry chains and know how to put them on. Chains are for the driver’s and road users’ safety so please ensure you have them and know how to put them on. Allow extra time.”
The MetService has a heavy snow warning(external link) for Canterbury, the Mackenzie Basin and Kaikoura hills.
See the NZ Transport Agency's travel and traffic page here.(external link)
Call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS 0800 44 44 49