Tractor lends helping hand to rescue vehicles struggling in Dunedin's icy conditions




Snow and icy conditions have caused some vehicles to become stuck in Dunedin today, with tractors lending a helping hand to set them free.

Nick Rodger from the NZTA is braving blustery the elements on Dunedin's Northern Motorway today.
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Many parts across the lower South Island have experienced the first taste of winter, as snow coats the ground in Queenstown, Cromwell and Dunedin. 

Standing on State Highway 1 Waitati to Dunedin, NZTA's Nick Rodger was helping vehicles that were stuck as a result of the wintry conditions. 

The autumn snow has caused travel disruptions today in the Otago tourist town.
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Mr Rodger said the highway has received 3-5cm of snow, which has accumulated and caused ice to form under the wheels of vehicles. 

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"The polar blast forecast by the MetService came through early last night, depositing a lot of snow to highways around coastal Otago and Southland," Mr Rodger told 1 NEWS. 

"The conditions can change from corner to corner with new swirls of snow coming through and the action of traffic on the road surface."

One Dunedin family has braved the wintry conditions to have a little fun in the snow.
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Mr Rodger said the highway was closed earlier this morning while his team helped to recover a "few stuck vehicles".

According to NZTA, the road now has a caution area warning and motorists are being advised to take extreme care and drive to the conditions. 

State Highway 87 between Sutton to Outram is closed due to snow. 

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"Make sure your vehicle is well maintained, get your tryes and breaks checked, make sure your windscreen is clear before setting out in the morning, use your defrosters, reduce your speed, increase your following distances," Mr Rodger said. 

One couple from sunny Queensland were rapt that snow came during their NZ holiday.
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"If you don't have to travel, if the forecast is for a particularly cold morning or risky, just try to delay your travel until it is safer."

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