West coast

Check for snowy road conditions this weekend

A southerly change with snow and heavy rain is expected to affect the highways across the lower and central South Island this weekend. People are asked to drive to the conditions and be well prepared.

NZ Transport Agency

Aug. 16, 2019


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A southerly change with snow and heavy rain is expected to affect the highways across the lower and central South Island this weekend. People are asked to drive to the conditions and be well prepared.

“People using the alpine passes in particular should check the NZ Transport Agency’s traffic and travel web pages before setting out,” says Tresca Forrester, Journey Manager for the Transport Agency.

“The inland road to Kaikōura via Waiau, Route 70, could also get some snow over the weekend. Thanks to everyone for taking care in these conditions and being prepared before setting off.”

MetService road snowfall warnings issued Friday morning 16 August, valid till 10 pm tonight:

Lewis Pass (SH7) between the Hanmer Springs turnoff and Springs Junction

A few snow showers are forecast to affect the road Saturday. Between 11am and 11pm, 2 to 4cm of snow may settle on the road above 400 metres.

Porters Pass (SH73) between Springfield and Arthur’s Pass

Snow showers are forecast to affect the road Saturday. Between 6am and midnight, expect 4 to 8cm of snow to settle on the road. Snow levels initially around 700 metres, but lowering to 400 metres late morning.

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