9 Jul 2020

Biggest dump of snow this winter

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:23 pm on 9 July 2020

Trucks were snowed in and drivers spent the night in their cabs last night, after the biggest dump of snow so far this winter blocked the Desert Road. 

Sixteen centimetres accumulated overnight - closing State Highway One from Taihape to Rangipo along with State Highway 49 through Ohakune. 

Jesse speaks to NIWA meteorologist Chris Brandolino.

The High Noon chairlift at Turoa ski field

Photo: RNZ / Walter Zweifel