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Snow, flooded highway warnings Otago and South Westland

Published: Wed 12 Oct 2016 10:16 AM
Snow, flooded highway warnings Otago and South Westland, South Island
A number of snow and flooded road warnings are in place around the lower South Island this morning.
Drivers are encouraged to take extreme care and if in doubt, carry chains.
Lindis Pass now open
The Lindis Pass, SH8, between Omarama and Tarras reopened before 10 am today after an earlier closure due to snow.
SH6 from Queenstown to Cromwell and Haast to Wanaka have snow warnings area-wide.
Drivers should expect some flooding between Hawea and Haast on the Otago side of SH6.
South Westland/ Haast Pass
It is snowing on the Haast Pass (SH6) and electronic message boards are advising drivers of the conditions.
Transport Agency road maintenance crews are available and will keep roads open and driveable as much as possible.
Avalanche risk closes SH94 to Milford Sound
The highway between Milford Sound and Te Anau is currently closed due to avalanche risk. Active avalanche control is being undertaken to dislodge new snow so the road can be safely reopened. Check this link for updates or the map on this page.
• Winter condition driving tips here.
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