Challenging driving conditions could continue all this week across the South Island, warns Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
By 11 am today just three routes were closed, however this could change. Many routes in Otago, Southland and Canterbury/the West Coast have warnings over them for strong winds, ice and winter driving conditions.
People should check the Waka Kotahi map and MetService snow forecasts.
SH8 Fairlie to Twizel, Burkes Pass
SH85 Palmerston to Kyeburn
SH87 Outram, west of Mosgiel, to Kyeburn
SH73, Porters Pass, Springfield to Castle Hill and Arthur’s Pass to Otira: Chains essential, no towing vehicles.
SH7, the Lewis Pass north and west of Waipara: Snowing down to Shale Peak, snow Weka Pass to Hurunui, strong winds – care needed, especially high-sided vehicles.
Chains are needed this morning on the Crown Range Road between Wanaka and Queenstown. Updates at https://www.facebook.com/QLDCinfo(external link)
Care is needed on this route due to snow and ice.
Ice along this route, drivers need to take care.
People heading over alpine passes or driving inland of Dunedin, or through Central Otago, should check the Waka Kotahi traffic map and also MetService forecasts and updates: