Police praised the response of drivers and contractors this
week following the first big snowfall for the year, which
brought warnings of black ice.
Sergeant Blair Duffy, of Queenstown, said two vehicles slid
off the road this week but Queenstown police were not
required at any ice-related road incidents.
The work of contractors, who began clearing the roads at
3.30am on Monday, was ''exceptional'', he said.
MetService downgraded its severe frost warning on Monday
''The fact that we never really got the big freeze was the
saving grace,'' Sgt Duffy said.
He said people's driving and choices following the snowfall
had to be commended.
''People ... are being a lot more sensible,'' he said. Some
people chose to walk to work or use taxis instead of driving
Queenstown Lakes District Council senior transport engineer
Richard Hilliard said he was ''very pleased with how things
Grit and an anti-icing agent were used in the fight against
''We've had some good feedback.''
But it was not over yet.
''Over the next day or so it looks like we are going to get
some freezing temperatures,'' Mr Hilliard said.
Rain was forecast for today.
''Overnight Friday ... it's predicted to freeze,'' he said,
adding a full patrol of contractors would be at the ready.
In the Wanaka district there was one crash yesterday, on the
road between Wanaka and Cardrona.
Police said a car slid off the road on an ice-affected, shady
corner and went through a fence.
No-one was injured.