High winds and torrential rain are to blame for Alpine roads struggling to cope with the elements in the South Island.
Arthurs Pass is closed due to flooding and the situation will be updated throughout the day.
Lewis Pass is marginal but open.
Severe gales in the area mean high sided vehicles are a risk in the current conditions.
State highway 6 on the West Coast is also marginal due to flooding but is open and motorists are advised to use extreme caution.
South Otago is also being hit by high winds and drivers are asked to take care between Clinton and Dunedin.
Holidaymakers are advised to be aware of the conditions as rivers, lakes and streams are now swollen or in flood.
Gales and heavy rain are expected to last throughout much of the day in these areas before a gradual clearance tonight.
on 1/01/2013 10:43pm
Hi i live in Culverden and we had a little bit of wind early this morning but since then not a breath of wind at all will we get the wind that we have had a warning for?
on 1/01/2013 11:02pm
Biggest gusts seemed to have been overnight in Culverden. There is a risk of the wind rising again however it appears north of you at this point.Thunder possible later.
Cheers and Happy New Year! WW