Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the winds are starting to move in now and residents should prepare.
Bruce Smith said people need to take responsibility, stock up or evacuate and stay off the roads - or face the consequences.
Sarah Keshah had only been in the country three days before getting trapped in the major storm with hundreds of other motorists yesterday.
Another 100 motorists are trapped in their cars after yesterday's wild storm blocked SH6 along a remote stretch of the road.
Kiwis Nico Porteous and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott faced down history, pressure and expectation and emerged with medals, 1 NEWS reporter Kimberlee Downs writes from PyeongChang.