MetService says that snow could reach South Island alpine highways over the next two days as a band of changeable, colder weather moves up the island today and Tuesday.
As well as snow, heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for the West Coast, Buller and the mountain ranges west of Motueka, Tasman District.
“If you are travelling through the alpine passes or further south later today or tomorrow, be prepared for snow and much colder temperatures,” says Tresca Forrester, Journey Manager for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
“Take your time and take extra care particularly given it is the second week of the school holidays so drivers may be on routes they are not very familiar with.”
Strong southerly winds are forecast for Tuesday. “Snowfall could be heavy for parts of Otago and Canterbury from tonight into Tuesday,” says Ms Forrester.
“Please check your route before you head off, carry extra supplies and chains if snow is a possibility.”
Routes which could be affected by snow in the next 48 hours include:
The Crown Range Road, between Wanaka and Queenstown
The Lindis Pass, SH8, between Omarama and Tarras
The Lewis Pass, SH7, Waipara to the West Coast and Nelson
Arthur’s and Porters Passes, SH73, Springfield to Greymouth.
Milford Sound/ Piopiotahi highway closed – high avalanche risk today
The Milford Sound/Piopiotahi highway, SH94, is currently closed due to high avalanche risk, from the East Gate at Hollyford to the Chasm. This will be updated 7.30 am Tuesday but it could remain closed until part way into Tuesday, subject to avalanche assessment.
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