Desert Rd reopens after snow

02:54, Aug 13 2014
Desert Rd May 13
BRRR: The Desert Rd and the Central Plateau early this morning.

State Highway 1 Desert Road has reopened after being closed overnight due to snow.

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MetService said there had been an estimated 2-4cm of snow on the Desert Road overnight, and 1cm reported at 700m in Taihape as a cold snap continued to make its way up the country.

The North Island highway through the Central Plateau was closed about 3.30am with heavy snow reported in Waiouru, Sergeant Andy Dow said.

It reopened just before 10am, but winter driving conditions applied.

In the South Island, Arthur's Pass was closed to towing vehicles, while other vehicles would need chains with snow blanketing the area.

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The road from Te Anau to Milford Sound was closed as contractors clear snow and avalanche prevention work is done.

The Lindis and Lewis passes were open.

MetService duty forecaster Hannah Moes said though freezing levels were still low over the country, showers were falling as snow on high parts.

"We're stuck in this disturbed southwesterly flow so as various fronts push up over the country we're getting colder air each time and snow with each front."

The Dominion Post