Weather: Drone footage captures South Island town of Gore blanketed in snow

Spectacular drone footage shows the South Island town of Gore blanketed in snow following recent treacherous conditions.

Highways are finally reopening in the south, after the conditions caused by snow at the weekend and on Monday.

The snow also closed more than 70 schools and early childhood services around Otago and Southland.

On Monday, all schools in Gore were closed. In total, 51 schools and 22 early childhood centres were closed across Otago and Southland, said Ministry of Education spokeswoman Katrina Casey.

The footage, posted to the Wild Frontier Photo and Video Facebook page, shows the extent of the snow in Gore on Sunday - with the Southland town covered in white.

Some roads still affected, but conditions are easing

Reefton to Springs Junction on the West Coast remains closed, along with the Mataura to Clinton highway, and the Milford Road in Southland.

Black ice catches a motorist on the Waihola Highway (SH1) in Otago on Monday morning.
Black ice catches a motorist on the Waihola Highway (SH1) in Otago on Monday morning. Photo credit: Newshub/Jabulani Ndebele

MetService meteorologist Peter Little told Newshub the snow warning would remain in place until about 4pm Monday for Fiordland, Clutha and Southland.

The national forecaster says the cold and unsettled southwest flow would gradually ease between Monday afternoon and early Tuesday.

But the unsettled conditions are set to continue this week, particularly across the North Island and western parts of the south.

Ice in Dunedin also cancelled and delayed flights, which resumed later on Monday morning.

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