18 Sep 2018

Snow blitz: Hundreds still off grid in central Otago

8:51 am on 18 September 2018

Central Otago is still reeling from the aftermath of heavy snowfall yesterday, shutting roads and leaving hundreds without power.

Snow along SH8 towards Lindis Pass Summit.

Snow along SH8 towards Lindis Pass Summit. Photo: Supplied/NZTA

About 700 homes are still without power after heavy snow caused trees and debris to fall on power lines yesterday.

Crews are out to restore the power after faults yesterday shut power out to more than 1400 people.

State Highway 94 between Te Anau and Milford Sound remains closed because of snow, fallen trees, and a high risk of avalanche.

It is expected to stay closed until at least this afternoon.

Queenstown Lakes District Council said Glenorchy Road will remain closed overnight while crews try to clear trees, as many were still falling.

Motorists were advised to drive with caution as snow was forecast to continue on Lindis Pass (SH8) and Crown Range Road, which were closed yesterday.

The Transport Agency said people should carry chains if driving on mountain roads, as several are prone to snow and ice.

Flights have resumed in and out of Queenstown Airport, after some cancellations yesterday.

Cardrona Alpine Resort said it was back up and running after yesterday's difficult conditions forced it to close.