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Cars rescued from snow in the North Island

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/05/2017

A snow plough has rescued cars stuck in snow on the Desert Road through the centre of the North Island.

The cars became stuck when a burst of snow on Saturday hit the road from Rangipo to Waiouru, which is part of State Highway 1.

Police say many of the cars were able to, late on Saturday night, make their own way out behind a plough that cleared the way for them, while some cars needed towing.

The road is now closed.

MetService does not expect more significant snowfalls on Desert Road, which runs near Mount Ngauruhoe, on Sunday morning but conditions will remain icy.

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