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Road users in central & lower North Island advised to expect winter conditions

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The NZ Transport Agency is advising people travelling through the central and lower North Island to take extra care on the roads and be prepared for winter-like conditions over the next 24 hours.

Severe gales, high winds, heavy rain warnings and road snowfall warnings have been issued for parts of the central and Lower North Island. People should check the Metservice for the latest information.

Transport Agency Journey Manager, Liam Ryan, says road users should take extra care while travelling, as snow and ice can make the road more hazardous especially in shaded areas and on bridge decks.

“Road users must drive to the conditions and plan ahead in case of any delays. It’s a good idea to pack extra food, warm clothing and blankets in case of emergencies or road closures,” Mr Ryan says.

“If weather conditions make driving too hazardous, some roads may close for a time. So it’s important before you set off to refer to the NZTA webpage and online updates, especially those driving through the Central Plateau.”

“Extra crews are ready to respond to this weather event and the safety of all road users is our number one priority.”

How to stay up to date and check road closures and weather conditions:

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