Icy conditions on South Island highways – 10.30 am update Tuesday


There are widespread winter conditions across much of the South Island/ Te Wai Pounamu this morning. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency urges people to take extra care if they need to travel and be prepared.

“We are hopeful that snow conditions will ease today,” says Waka Kotahi Journey Manager Tresca Forrester. ”However, wind chill is keeping temperatures very low and ice may continue in many places today and overnight to Wednesday. 

“Please watch your following distances, slow down, turn your lights on and expect ice on some bridge decks and areas that get little sunlight.  Grit trucks will be busy, expect to see snow ploughs and in some places chains may be needed.”

Further update at 10.30am for Otago

SH8 Lindis Pass OPEN. Pockets of ice in shaded areas, a lot of grit out. Extreme care

SH6 Hawea to Haast OPEN. Same deal, watch for ice in shaded areas.

SH85 Alexandra to Palmerston CLOSED. Still large areas of packed snow and ice, update 12pm

SH8 Alexandra to Roxburgh OPEN. Ice/grit, extreme care

SH6 Cromwell to Frankton. Open, but extreme care required due to ice and grit, especially through Gibbston valley area.

SH6 Frankton to Kingston. Open, care required due to ice/grit

Key alpine pass reopens 10 am

The Lewis Pass, SH7, from the Reefton, West Coast side over the Rahu Saddle, to the Hanmer Springs turnoff on the Canterbury side has reopened at 10 am today. 

Please check for updates:
https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic(external link)

Closed as of 10 am Tuesday due to snow and icy conditions from the top of Te Waipounamu to the south


SH60 Takaka Hill (black ice Upper Takaka to Takaka)

SH6 Kohatu (south of Nelson) to Murchison 


SH6 Haast to Hawea

SH8 Tarras to Omarama (Lindis Pass)

SH8 Alexandra to Roxburgh

SH85 Omakau to Kyeburn

SH85 Kyeburn to Waynes

SH87 Kyeburn to Outram

SH1 Dunedin to Waitati 


SH93 Clinton to Mataura

SH94 Te Anau to Milford Piopiotahi (Milford Rd) - expected to reopen mid-morning:
https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/roadclosures/346686(external link)

Queenstown Lakes District Council Facebook for updates on the Crown Range and other local  QLDC roads:
https://www.facebook.com/QLDCinfo/(external link) 

Open but please take care – wind and snow/ ice

SH6 Rai Valley to Hira

SH73 Springfield to Arthur's Pass

SH7 Reefton to the Hanmer Springs turnoff, the Lewis Pass

SH1 Gore to Milton

SH1 Milton to Palmerston

SH6 Cromwell to Gibbston/ the Kawarau Gorge chains must be carried

SH6 Centre Bush to Kingston

SH6 Kingston to Lumsden

SH8 Roxburgh to Raes Junction

SH90 Gore (McNab) to Raes Junction

SH8 Raes Junction to Milton

SH94 from Gore to Lumsden and from Mossburn to Te Anau

SH95 from Manapouri to Te Anau

SH96 Wreys Bush to Ohai

SH96 from Winton to Ohai

SH97 Mossburn to Lowther


Road snowfall MetService warnings:

https://www.metservice.com/warnings/home(external link) 

Haumarutia tō haere (drive safe) and stay warm. 

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