Ski bunnies around the country welcomed yesterday's cold
snap, and the snowfall that came with it.
But the cold weather also made for treacherous driving
conditions, and closed some major highways.
Mt Hutt ski field in the South Island had 19cm of snowfall,
which along with clear weather made for great skiing
Turoa ski field officially opened yesterday with 85cm of
snowfall, and Whakapapa ski field will open tomorrow, after
80cm of snow yesterday.
Duty manager for the Chateau Tongariro Hotel, Chiquita Rowe,
said the hotel was prepared for the busy winter months to
come. "It has been hectic, everyone is coming in for their
snow experience, it's brilliant."
Although the cold snap is set to ease today, the rain will
A southwesterly flow that brought showers and brief
thunderstorms to Auckland and Northland yesterday would
continue this morning before easing off, MetService said.
Duty meteorologist Frances Russell said western parts of the
North Island would also be affected by this flow. A front
would also move over the far south, with rain expected for
Fiordland, Southland and Clutha.
Although wet weather will continue, temperatures are expected
to reach double digits in some parts of the country, she
Meanwhile, police urged motorists to be careful. North Island
drivers were advised to use caution on SH1's Desert Rd from
Rangipo to Waiouru, SH47 from National Park to Turangi and
SH4 from National Park to Tohunga Junction.
The Desert Rd and SH47 both closed yesterday because of snow.
Emergency services attended eight crashes in Clinton, Owaka,
Balclutha, Dunedin and Waikouaiti between 8am and 9.30am,
including a 4WD roll-over on SHI, near Waihola, and a bus
sliding into a parked car.
A Southern District Health Board spokesman said six people
with minor injuries went to Dunedin Hospital yesterday after
- Nikki Papatsoumas of APNZ