Motorists in the South are being urged to take care this
morning as ice and snow are making driving conditions tricky
on some roads.
Cautions are in place for the Northern Motorway out of
Dunedin; State Highway 87 Kyeburn-Outram; and SH85
State Highway 94 Te Anau-Milford is closed owing to snow.
The cautions come as colder temperatures and southwesterly
gales are predicted to hit coastal Otago and Southland today.
The MetService issued a severe weather warning yesterday,
saying a second trough was expected to drop temperatures
further and cause rising southwesterlies.
Dunedin was expected to reach only 7degC with showers today
and Oamaru 9degC with showers clearing.
The strongest winds are expected about coastal Southland and
eastern Otago, from Clutha to Dunedin and North Otago, with
gusts of 120kmh.
‘‘Winds of this strength have the potential to damage trees,
power lines and insecure structures, and make driving
hazardous for motorbikes and high›sided vehicles,'' the
The winds were expected to ease tonight.