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South Island snow heads north

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/10/2016

Drivers in the South Island are being warned of avalanches as weather that brought down powerlines moves up the country.

State Highway 94 from Te Anau to Milford Sound remained closed on Friday morning due to avalanche risk, after an dump hit central Otago this week.

The Metservice says mountain highways may still be in for more snow and showers.

Lewis Pass and Porters Pass are expected to get between 5 and 10cm of snow in areas over 500m and less further down, while Arthur's Pass could get up to 20cm before 8pm on Friday.

The higher areas of Lindis Pass may also get a smattering of powder.

A snow warning at inland Otago has been lifted, although more snow is expected in the area until late Friday.

Meanwhile, as the weather front moves northward, drivers on the Desert Road are being told to expect a light sprinkling on Saturday.

Snow blanketed Queenstown and surrounding areas on Wednesday, cutting power to parts of the region.

Aurora Energy says power has now been returned to most customers.

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