Snow in parts of the South has boosted cover on skifields and prompted warnings for motorists to take care on higher roads today.

There is snow on the hills around Wanaka and Queenstown this morning, to go with a marked drop in temperature from previous days.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council said rain and snow overnight was heavier than forecast, and while it had now stopped, all higher roads had been ploughed and heavily gritted.

Chains were not required and all roads were passable, but motorists were advised to be “extra cautious”.



Central Otago roads were covered in the white stuff this morning.

The Central Otago District Council advised motorists to drive cautiously.

In Roxburgh, Alexandra and Cromwell caution was advised, particularly about day break when the temperatures can drop further, it said.

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