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Road Weather: Driving hazards across NZ today

Surface water, snow and strong winds look to be the main driving risks in the days ahead as a Southern Ocean storm brings a variety of severe weather to New Zealand.

All South Island Alpine Passes are expected to get snow in the coming days and some chance the Desert Road of the North Island will get a dusting by Tuesday (although the North Island isn’t as impacted by colder air as the South Island is).

These maps show the main threat to drivers today – mostly slippery roads, ponding/surface water from heavier downpours and isolated thunderstorms, and some snow in the mountains of the South Island.

Here are the general risks at 12 Noon Thursday across New Zealand’s highways.

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