Snow, ice prompt cautions for motorists

Cautions are in place for many roads in the South owing to snow and ice brought by this week's wintry blast.

The New Zealand Transport Agency website advises that care is needed on State Highway 1, Dunedin's Northern Motorway; SH87, Outram-Kyeburn; SH85, Kyeburn-Palmerston; SH6, Kingston -Lumsden; SH94, Mossburn-Te Anau and Te Anau-Milford.

In Dunedin, there are no current closures but the DCC warns of areas of isolated frost and urges motorists to take care. 

In the North Island, snow flurries closed State Highway 1, the Desert Road, overnight, but it had now reopened.

Snow has also closed SH2 over the Rimutaka Hill north of Wellington.

Meanwhile, the country will continue to shiver today as a southwesterly flow ripples up the country, MetService says.

Rain was expected to fall over Canterbury and Southland all day and with freezing levels down to 300m, snow was also forecast in those areas, MetService meteorologist Hannah Moes said.

Rain and snow were expected for the bottom half of the North Island.

Snow was already falling north of Wellington, over the Rimutaka Hill, Ms Moes said.

There was good news for Northland, however, with showers finally easing today after about a week of rain, she said.

- additional reporting APNZ

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