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South Island braces for heavy snow

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/08/2016

A blanket of snow has begun falling over parts of the lower South Island with more heavy dumps to come and weather warnings in place.

A severe weather warning has been issued by the MetService for most of the south of the island, with heavy snow predicted in Otago and inland parts of Southland and South Canterbury down to heights of 200m.

Up to 30cm are expected to fall by Thursday morning in some parts as temperatures drop.

Areas around Glenorchy and Mount Cook had already seen about 5cm on Wednesday morning.

The early fall has closed sections of SH94 from Te Anau To Milford Sound and ice warnings are in place for SH87 in Otago, SH6 from Kawarau Falls To Lumsden and SH8.

Police have also issued a warning for drivers to take care in wintry conditions, prompted by nine road deaths since Monday night.

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