The NZ Transport Agency is asking motorists to take extra care on South Island roads today and this weekend as a cold weather front is dumping snow, making chains essential on many routes.
Canterbury/West Coast Journey Manager Lee Wright says the Lewis Pass has closed this afternoon, with an update on status at 5 pm on the NZTA website. “Vehicles that have run into trouble will be freed and the road then reopened but please note that chains are essential.
“If you see a sign saying “chains essential” that means you have to put them on.
“The current forecasts are for snow in the Canterbury high country down to 500 metres tonight. State highway contractors are all on alert and patrolling.
“The weather is not looking good for tonight and Saturday morning or Sunday night. Show could be down to 200 metres.”
Key highway routes update at 3.30 pm Friday. Please be aware conditions are changing, check the website(external link) or phone 0800 FOR HIGHWAYS.
For the latest Met Service forecasts, check the Metservice website(external link).