🌨 Snowfall and strong winds 💨 A cold front moving up the country brings just the right ingredients for snow at some of the alpine passes. August 2, 2021Southwesterly winds are also forecast to be quite gusty for upper parts of the North Island overnight. More info: https://t.co/qHyE5zhh6X pic.twitter.com/Hg7QJPSFUC — MetService (@MetService)
Road closures and disruptionsSH94 Te Anau to Milford is currently closed due to overnight snow. It is expected to reopen later this morning. SH73 near Porters Pass was closed to towing vehicles and chains were essential but it has since reopened ao all vehicles. NZTA Waka Kotahi says motorists should still take care.
SH73 SPRINGFIELD TO CASTLE HILL, PORTERS PASS, CANTERBURY – SNOW WARNING – UPDATE: 6:30AM
The road is now OPEN to all vehicles. However, please continue to take extra care on this route. ^SM https://t.co/sbq4lrTmYL
— Waka Kotahi NZTA Canterbury & West Coast (@WakaKotahiCWC) August 2, 2021
Motorists using SH1 Rangitata/Hinds are being warned to take extra care after reports of surface flooding in the area.
A strong wind warning is in place for SH7 Hanmer turnoff to Springs Junction.
“Extra care is required by those driving high-sided vehicles and motorcycles until conditions improve,” an NZTA Waka Kotahi spokesperson said.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council is asking motorists to drive to the conditions this morning.
A spokesperson said snow has fallen on the Crown Range overnight and it is very icy. Chains are to be carried when driving on the road.
They said there has also been snow on the Lindis Pass, with more to come.
“The road is currently cleared and gritted. Please carry chains and know how to use them, if you’re headed that way.
“For the rest of us, overall, mild temperatures this morning with wet roads in the Whakatipu basin. The temperatures are colder around Arthurs Point and Malaghans Rd.
In Wānaka, we have mild temperatures with wet roads.”
64mm of rain has fallen on the Christchurch Akaroa Highway as well as 24mm in central Christchurch this morning.
The Christchurch Travel Information Team is warning motorists to take extra care, especially those on bikes or motorcycles “as some of the wind gusts we have been getting are very strong”.
A spokesperson said the storm has hit with a punch “with strong winds and driving rain being the dominant features this morning”.
They said they have had reports of surface flooding south of Christchurch.