Watch out for black ice, slippery conditions


South Island drivers, in the alpine areas and the lower half of the island, should be on the lookout for black ice and slippery conditions as a cold front sweeps up the country today, says the NZ Transport Agency’s network operations manager Tresca Forrester.
Snow and ice closed a number of routes overnight and into this morning.
As at 10 am, just one South Island highway, SH7, was closed due to a late freeze of ice on the Lewis Pass, between Hanmer Springs and Springs Junction – with an update at 11 am.
. Arthur’s Pass, SH73, is open for vehicles with chains and no-towing vehicles.

· The Lindis Pass, Omarama to Tarras and Cromwell closed overnight but opened after 7 am.

· The Milford Road, SH94, was closed overnight but reopened at 10 am.

· SH93 Clinton to Mataura reopened at 7.30 am after an overnight closure.

The Crown Range Road between Wanaka and Queenstown was closed and remained closed at 10 am today.jordan release dateNike