Snow for Central skifields, drivers warned over roads

After a slow start to the season, the weather is finally starting to play ball for Otago skiers and snowboarders.

Both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables received a dusting of snow over the weekend, and more is expected over the next few days. Coronet Peak received 2cm on Saturday, while The Remarkables received 10cm.

It followed a warm and rainy start to winter that had left the mountains with patchy snow cover.

MetService is forecasting 9cm of snow for both Queenstown skifields today.

The heavy rain that hit Wanaka on Saturday evening also brought much-needed fresh snow to the skifields, Cardrona Alpine Resort reporting 15cm overnight and its first real powder day yesterday.

Treble Cone also received 15cm at the top of the home basin overnight on Saturday and the Meteorological Service was predicting more snow for both skifields today.

Motorists are being warned of dangerous driving conditions in Central Otago this morning.

Danseys Pass Road is also restricted to 4WD vehicles, from the gates past the Danseys Pass Hotel, due to snow.

An advisory from Central Otago District Council contractor Fulton Hogan said the "ice threat" in Central Otago was high.

There were wet roads, with fog in places, and freezing temperatures ranging from -1degC to -3degC, the advisory said.

Caution is advised as there is black ice, particularly on shaded spots.

The advisory also reminded it was important to take care on footpaths and carparks.

Ice areas are expected to increase at day break as the temperature drops.

Crews are out gritting roads at present.


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