Care urged on southern roads

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 Kyeburn-Palmerston.

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 MetService said.

The winds were expected to ease tonight.  


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