Drivers warned of snow, slips on southern roads

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 05:00 13/08/2014

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The Southland District Council is urging drivers to be careful on southern roads this morning.

Snow was forecast to fall in Northern Southland last night and is expected to continue to fall on the Milford Road today.

A section of the Ohai-Clifden road is closed until further notice because of a slip caused by heavy rain.

Council roading asset management engineer Hartley Hare said the slip site was between the Twinlaw Rd and Scotts Gap-Feldwick Rd intersections and a detour was in place along Feldwick Rd. The slip caused one lane to slump away and the other lane was under threat, he said.

Wintry showers are expected in Southland and Otago, with hail, sleet and snow down to 100 or 200 metres expected today.

MetService expects no large snow accumulations, but many higher-level roads were likely to be affected by snow.

Bitterly cold southwest winds, strengthening tomorrow, could cause distress to livestock and create blizzard conditions in exposed places.

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