Black ice prompts closure

07:38, Aug 08 2014

The threat of severe black ice has prompted the NZ Transport Agency to close State Highway 6 from Five Rivers to Kingston from  8.30pm tonight. 

The situation will be reviewed again at 7.30am tomorrow or earlier if conditions change.  

Barriers at each end of the road will be manned throughout the closure. Up to 30 centimetres of snow has fallen today in the area between Kingston and Five Rivers.

The weather forecast is for plummeting overnight temperatures with a high risk of the road turning into a sheet of black ice. 

Transport Agency contractors have battled all day in harsh weather to keep this stretch of highway open.

With overnight black ice raising the safety risk to drivers to an even higher level, driving conditions would be to treacherous to leave the road open overnight.

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