Heavy snow closes roads across the country

Roads are beginning to open after heavy snow caused delays across New Zealand.

Lewis Pass in Canterbury is now open, as is Lindis Pass in Wanaka. 

The warning for the Rimutaka Hill has also been lifted, although a vehicle breakdown has caused delays. 

Multiple roads remain closed across the country due to snowfall.

Motorists travelling on the Desert Road are advised to expect at least an hour long detour thanks to heavy snow and ice.

In Otago, snow has forced State Highway 87 to close between Middlemarch and Outram. State Highway 85 is also out of business from Kyeburn to Palmerston.

Southland is suffering delays too with state highways between Te Anau to Milford, Mataura to Clinton and Raes Junction to McNab all closed.

Takaka Hill in Nelson is also closed, as is the Lewis Pass in Canterbury.

Snow has fallen on the Rimutaka Hill near Wellington, and NZTA is urging motorists to take care.


Although heavy snow warnings remain in place, Metservice meterologist Georgina Griffiths told The AM Show on Monday we now "have an improving trend", with Tuesday looking like the best pick of the bunch this week.

"All those people like me who have washing backed up - your best day of the week is probably Tuesday," says Griffiths.

The respite won't last long, though, with a "rough and tumble end of the week" forecast.

"I'd say as we get towards the end of the week we start to see rain bands come in, more wind. Maybe not so cold but still unsettled."

"The coming weekend has some hints of atrocious weather for many of us."



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