Snow: What you need to know

04:14, Jun 21 2013

Snow has closed several South Island highways and some Christchurch schools.


Cashmere Primary School, St Martins School, Hornby Primary, Hornby High, Marshland School, Banks Ave School, Chisnallwood Intermediate, Rudolf Steiner, Avonside Girls' High and Governors Bay School are closed.

Many other Christchurch schools are advising parents to keep their children at home.

Leeston schools are closed because of yesterday's flooding.



All Christchurch Metro bus services are operating as usual again, except one hillside route.

The 17 Bryndwr/Huntsbury route will continue to end at the intersection of Wilsons Rd and Centaurus Rd. 

The 114 Barrington/Cashmere service that was earlier ending its route at Princess Margaret Hospital has now resumed its normal run up the hillside.


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The Christchurch City Council says some traffic signals are not working in the city - Hargood/Keighleys/Linwood; Colombo/Strickland/Somerfield; Hereford/Oxford.


The 7th Lincoln Multicultural Festival of Rotary Club of Lincoln, which was to be held tomorrow has been cancelled.

The annual Lyttelton Festival of Lights street party was moved from this weekend to June 28, but indoor events would run as normal.

Mainland Football has cancelled this weekend's junior grade games and senior matches.

Saturday's scheduled race meeting at Riccarton has been abandoned.

All Canterbury Rugby League games - premier included - have been cancelled.

Future Ferns netball has been cancelled this evening with further cancellations to be made later today.

Canterbury Hockey is set to announce their cancellations later today.

North Canterbury Rugby have cancelled all games, although they remain hopeful the division 1 combined country competition final between Southbridge and Lincoln, at Southbridge will go ahead along with the under-16 semi-finals.

All metropolitan club rugby has been called off except division one.

The Anglican Block cross country relay has also been cancelled due to flooding at Spencer Park.

Tonight's secondary school basketball has been cancelled.


About 116 properties in Arthur's Pass have lost electricity.

Orion chief executive officer Rob Jamieson said another 200 properties in the Hororata and Lake Coleridge area had been without power since about 5.30am today.

Jamieson said they could not give an estimated time before power was back on as they were still trying to isolate where the fault or faults had occurred and there were some access difficulties.

Meanwhile, central Christchurch was pretty quiet except for the occasional "tree versus line".

Nearly 400 households in South Canterbury face a second day without electricity.


Flights from Wellington have been disrupted due to strong winds in the capital, while some flights from Hokitika and Dunedin have been affected because of the weather conditions.

Air New Zealand said all flights in and out of Wellington before 8am have been cancelled and check-in operations have been suspended until at least 10am today because of continued high winds.


Dyers Pass Rd was due to reopen mid-afternoon Friday after being closed from the Sign of the Takahe to Governors Bay.

The Ashley Bridge remains closed.

Porters Pass, the Lewis Pass and the Lindis Pass remain closed this morning, and chains are essential over Arthurs Pass.

Caution is advised on the following roads:

State Highway 1 - Blenheim to Kaikoura (flooding)

State Highway 8 - Alexandra to Roxburgh (ice)

State Highway 1 - Clarksville to East Taieri (flooding)

State Highway 6 - Queenstown to Kingston (snow)

State Highway 6 and 97 - Kingston to Lumsden, Five Rivers to Mossburn (snow)

State Highway 1 - Timaru to Rakaia (flooding)

State Highway 83 - Omarama to Kurow (snow)

State Highway 94 - Te Anau to Milford Sound (snow)

State Highway 6 and 65 - Glenhope to Maruaia (snow)

State Highway 65 - St Arnaud to Glenhope (snow)

State Highway 90 - Tapanui to Raes Junction (snow)

State Highway 1 - Palmerston to Pukeuri (flooding)

State Highway 83 - Pukeuri to Duntroon (flooding)

State Highway 93 - Clinton to Mataura (snow, chains must be carried)

State Highway 8 - Raes Junction to Clarksville (snow, chains must be carried)

State Highway 85 - Dunback, Macraes Rd turn-off (washout, single lane)

State Highway 93 - Waimate to Hakataramea (flooding, one lane in some parts)


- Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera): 0800 RING CERA

- Christchurch City Council: (03) 941 8999

- Earthquake Commision: 0800 DAMAGE

- Red Cross: 0800 RED CROSS

- Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service: 0800 67 32 272

- Christchurch Hospital: (03) 364 0640

- Emergency services: 111

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