Snow has closed two highways inland South Canterbury


Snow has closed two South Canterbury state highways after midday today – State Highway 8, Twizel to Fairlie, and State Highway 80 Aoraki/ Mt Cook to Ben Ohau.

People intending to use these highways should postpone their journeys and check the NZ Transport Agency’s web maps for updates(external link) on the highways’ status later today.

Police are also updating the snow situation at this link(external link) and report that up to 30 vehicles have been towed out already.

The Transport Agency’s Winter Journeys(external link) campaign aims to encourage drivers to be safe and plan ahead to reduce the risk of crashes over the winter months.  Planning ahead is crucial if drivers want to enjoy safe travel and avoid delays, says Lee Wright. Transport Agency Journey Manager.

“Be prepared for winter driving conditions by checking your car and the road conditions before setting off. Use the NZ Transport Agency’s Winter Journeys(external link) and the Traffic & Travel(external link) web pages for helpful tips on how to make journeys safer & more comfortable this winter.”

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