Motorists are urged to watch out on the roads as snow is settling in elements of the south immediately.
The snow closed State Freeway 85 (Palmerston to Kyeburn) for a number of hours from midday, however Waka Kotahi mentioned it had reopened simply earlier than 2 p.m. The transport company reminded motorists that winter driving situations remained in impact.
There have been many gusts of wind within the suburbs of Dunedin, however few have materialized within the metropolis.
MetService says a south-southeast chilly present is spreading north throughout the South Island immediately, bringing snow and heralding low temperatures for the subsequent few days.
Heavy snow warnings have been issued for Southland, Otago and Canterbury immediately, whereas some areas can even anticipate heavy rain and extreme northwesterly storms.
The forecaster this morning mentioned snow might have an effect on a number of southern highways all through Sunday, together with Dunedin’s northern freeway and the Alpine passes.
At round midday, the Central Otago District Council mentioned snow was falling within the Maniototo and Manuherikia areas and motorists have been urged to watch out. The crew was plowing and scattering.
Snow fell in a number of facilities together with Ranfurly, Oturehua, Naseby, Lawrence and additional south round Waikoikoi.
There are heavy snow warnings for inland Canterbury and heavy snow for Otago and Southland, the place snow quantities can strategy the warning standards above 200 metres.
MetService mentioned the widespread snow “will possible considerably have an effect on journey via these areas”.
The southeast is more likely to final via Wednesday, maintaining temperatures within the south low.
MetService mentioned temperatures have been anticipated to drop to -3°C and most temperatures wouldn’t attain double digits till the top of the week.