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Wintry weather brings snow and ice forcing closure of Desert Road and Crown Range road

Snow and ice has forced the closure of the Desert Road.

In a a tweet NZTA confirmed State Highway One's closure between Waiouru and Rangipo.  

Snow and ice has forced the closure of the Desert Rd and the Crown Range road. Source: Breakfast

They say there's a detour of State Highway 46 and State Highway 47 to National Park.

Crown Range closed

In the deep south the Crown Range is closed to all vehicles this morning due to heavy snowfall overnight.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council says snow is falling in Arrowtown, Dalefield, Arthurs Point, Queenstown Hill and Fernhill.

Extra caution is needed on the road's today and snow chains are essential.

In the deep south residents woke to freezing temperatures and heavy snow, while in the north there were headaches for drivers. Source: 1 NEWS

Warnings are in place for all of the Alpine Passes.

Other road closures

SH6 Haast to Makarora; SH94 Hollyford Valley Road intersection to Chasm Street Bridge; SH73 Arthurs Pass to Otira is now closed to all towing vehicles due to snow. All other vehicles are required to have chains.

Snow warning for the the following roads

SH6 Cromwell to Gibbston; SH6 Omamarama to Tarras; SH94 Mossburn to Te Anau

In the North Island snow and ice forced the closure of the Desert Road. Source: 1 NEWS

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