Motorists are being urged to take extra care as a ''very
cold'' airstream hits the South, bringing showers with hail
MetService forecaster Heath Gullery said last night there may
be some snow overnight but the worst weather was expected
It was most likely to be developing this morning, then
continue to the end of today or early tomorrow, he said.
Snow was expected to 300m across Southland and Otago this
evening, while tomorrow Dunedin's forecast is for showers
with hail and strong cold southwesterlies.
NZTA Otago-Southland journey manager Graeme Hall said June to
August was ''traditionally the most dangerous time for
driving on roads in the Otago-Southland region''.
Yet many motorists did not take the time to prepare for their
Mr Hall called on motorists to be ready for the weather.
''We need everyone to drive to the conditions, to allow more
time for their trip, be prepared for unexpected hazards and
ensure their vehicle is winter fit, as crashes can result in
more serious consequences.''
The margin for error on wet slippery roads was ''tiny'', he
Anyone travelling during the winter months needed to prepare
by getting their tyres, brakes, windscreen wipers, lights and
steering system checked.
''Most important, though, is to plan your journey.
''Check the weather forecast; consider if you really need to
travel when heavy rain, ice and snow are forecast; check road
conditions and take the safest route - even if it is the