Snowy blast closes many roads

Taupo Times - - FRONT PAGE -

MICHAEL DALY Snow has closed the Desert Road and chains are re­quired on some South Is­land high­ways on Thurs­day, with MetSer­vice warn­ing there could be more falls ahead.

The NZ Trans­port Agency was also warn­ing driv­ers to take care on the Napier-Taupo¯ Road early Thurs­day be­cause of snow, and on sev­eral high­way routes in the South Is­land be­cause of snow and, in some cases, also ice.

In an up­date at 7.45am, NZTA said the Desert Road re­mained closed, and ad­vised driv­ers to expect de­lays on the de­tour route.

MetSer­vice said some more snow was pos­si­ble early on Thurs­day to 500 me­tres in the lower North Is­land, and pos­si­bly to 400m in Can­ter­bury and 600m in Otago, South­land and Fiord­land.

Some heavy rain was still fall­ing in the eastern North Is­land early Thurs­day, so there was a chance of more snow on the Napier-Taupo¯ Road early, MetSer­vice fore­caster Nick Zacher said.

MetSer­vice has road snow warn­ings out for the NapierTaupo¯ Road, Arthurs Pass, Porters Pass, Lindis Pass, Crown Range Road and Mil­ford Road.

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