28 Jun 2020

Fog, ice warning for southern motorists

9:32 am on 28 June 2020

First published on Otago Daily Times

Road users in parts of the South Island are warned to watch out for fog on their travels today.

A Central Otago District Council spokeswoman said there is a combination of wet and dry roads across the district with patches of thick fog.

Motorists are being urged to watch out also for ice on bridge decks, shaded areas and hill sections. These have been gritted and crews will continue to patrol this morning.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council said this morning that freezing fog has been reported from Frankton to Arrow Junction, Albert Town to Hawea and State Highway 85 Omakau to Kyeburn.

Fresh grit has been applied to the Shotover Bridge and Arrow Junction.

Wakatipu and Wanaka have mostly dry roads with some grit applied in shaded areas. The Crown Range is also dry with grit applied in shaded spots.

Motorists are being reminded to drive to the winter conditions, and reduce speeds accordingly.

Heavy rain warning for eastern Otago

A heavy rain watch remains in place for eastern Otago today and early tomorrow morning.

MetService says a low is expected to develop east of the South Island today, directing a south to southeasterly flow, and rain, to southeastern parts of the Island.

Periods of heavy rain have been forecast for Dunedin and North Otago, mainly within 20km of the coast, for 24 hours from 2pm.

In Fiordland, rain is expected to become widespread this afternoon, before easing at night.

This story first appeared in the Otago Daily Times