Emergency services were called to a crash on SH93 near
Clinton shortly after 6am as a truck lost traction in the
snow and jack-knifed. The driver was uninjured.
The Papatowai Highway from Warnock Road (about 10km south of
Owaka) to the Clutha/Southland boundary is impassable due to
extremely icy conditions and Mt Stuart Road, between
Waitahuna and Hillend, is impassable along the top adjacent
to the Mt Stuart Windfarm.
Bull Creek Road, east of Milton, is also impassable.
The Clutha District Council is urging motorists to take
caution in the snow and treacherous conditions.
Snow is particularly heavy in and around Owaka, the Owaka
Valley and the Slopedown area south of Clinton.
Crews are currently out inspecting local roads and further
updates will be provided as they come to hand.
Central and south Otago, Milford and Queenstown have all had
2-7cm of snow overnight, with parts of the central North
Island also affected by snowfall, said MetService duty
forecaster Liz Walsh.
McLean Road, in Northern Southland, is closed after trees
weighted down by snow fell on the road. Contractors clearing
the trees were pulled out for safety reasons after more trees
started falling. Work will start again in the morning
depending on conditions.
In the North Island, snow was falling on the Desert Rd and
near Wellington a dusting fell on Rimutaka Hill Rd as the
cold snap set in.
Auckland was in for its coldest day of the year today as the
wintry blast moves up the country.
Places exposed to southwesterly winds, such as Manukau Heads,
could see gales of up to 110km/h, said MetService forecaster
The temperature would reach just 13C today - the city's
coldest day of the year so far. Ms Matheson said with the
strong southwesterlies it would feel more like 10C.
"Auckland is going to really notice the strong winds and the
showers. It's going to seem like a very blustery day."
Canterbury would be largely sheltered, with only small snow
flurries about the hills and Banks Peninsula. Sleety showers
could strike this afternoon, limiting the day's high to 7C.
Invercargill was facing a brisk 24 hours, with an overnight
low of 1C and a daytime high of just 4C.
Wellington would also "cop it a bit" with cold southerlies,
sleet and 8C today, Ms Matheson said.
Conditions were expected to clear towards the evening in the
South Island but cold conditions were likely to continue for
longer in the north.
You can check road conditions on the Dunedin City Council
• Road conditions from Hyde to Waikouaiti regularly updated.
• Includes live webcams from throughout region, including
Highgate bridge cam.
• Council home page details if buses are running, libraries
are open and whether rubbish will be collected.
Tips for winter travelling
• Windows should be cleared before starting journey.
• Headlights should be turned on.
• People should drive slower and allow more travel time.
• In wet, icy or snowy weather, allow greater distances
between travelling vehicles.
• Main roads should be used because they are more likely to
be gritted or treated.
• Cyclists should wear high-visibility clothing.
• Cycles should have lights.
• Pedestrians should wear high-visibility clothing.
• Pedestrians should take care as footpaths are neither
gritted nor treated.