Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Cold snap: Trampers warned over South Island avalanche risk

Cold snap: Trampers warned over avalanche risk in South Island

A wintry blast expected to hit the country later today could affect travellers on some South Island roads.

MetService is warning the cold front set to move over the lower South Island will bring snow to low levels.

Inland parts of Otago and south Canterbury are under a heavy snow watch with snow levels dropping to 400m, and snow is expected down to 200m for Fiordland and Southland today.


MetService issued snowfall warnings for several roads, including the Crown Range and Milford roads where snow showers are expected from mid-afternoon. On Lindis and Haast Pass light snow is expected later this evening.

Trampers have been urged to steer clear of backcountry areas as the front moves northeast.

Warnings are in place for dangerous avalanche conditions in Fiordland, Arthur's Pass, Queenstown and Wanaka.

New Zealand Mountain Safety Council communication manager Nick Kingstone said trampers shouldn't assume their safe while hiking in lower alpine areas.

"People are continuing to go in and really it's about understanding if you're tramping through ... the valley floor, having an idea what's above you," Mr Kingstone said.

"You may not be in avalanche conditions where you are on the valley floor, but actually there may be avalanche paths above you."

The warnings are valid until Thursday.

However, Mr Kingstone said they might be extended depending on changing conditions and trampers should check the online avalanche advisory for updates.

Heavy rain and low-level snow are forecast as a front moves north-east over Fiordland and Southland this morning.

State Highway 94 from Te Anau is likely be closed all of today at this stage.

The weather front producing the snow only reaches upper South Island at midnight, so the North Island is forecast to be mainly fine and dry today.


Heavy rain is due in the ranges of Buller and Nelson, and the Richmond Range tomorrow.

Later in the week the strong, cold south to southeasterly flow is expected to spread across the North Island, bringing high winds to parts of Wellington and coastal Marlborough, and possible snow above 600m in the central North Island high country and the ranges of Hawkes Bay.

The Desert Road and the Napier to Taupo Road are likely to be affected.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit & Huawei Clusterfudges

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top. More>>

ALSO:

UN Rights Declaration At 70: We Are All Born Free And Equal

On Article 1 of the UDHR: Dignity is the foundation of all human rights. Human beings have rights, and should be treated with utmost care, precisely because each one possesses intrinsic worth. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The (Delayed) Judgment Day For Theresa May

When under stress, British PM Theresa May reportedly eats peanut butter straight from the jar. Crunch time is looming... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Politely Fake Political Obituaries (And The Paris Discord)

One unfortunate side effect of “personality politics” is that when prominent politicians die, the niceties we observe at the death of private individuals get automatically extended to them as well... More>>

ALSO:

Unique And Vanishing: NZ Biodiversity Losses Match Global Crisis

One might think that it is buffered from some of the effects of biological erosion, especially since people only arrived less than 800 years ago. But as we show, the impact on wildlife has been catastrophic. More>>

Your Name Here(ish): Sponsor A Section On Scoop.co.nz!

Scoop.co.nz has just launched Section Sponsorships - the newest way for you to gain exposure for your brand to Scoop’s high value audience of 500,000 monthly readers. More>>

ALSO: