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Jun 1, 2016

TRUCKS GETS STUCK * New Zealand: WEATHER TROUBLES

* South Islands - 'We've got a bit of a jam' - trucks gets stuck as snow causes problems in South Island passes

  (Video by Geoff Mackley / Bradley Ambrose - Jun 7, 2012: General scenes in Arthurs Pass on 07 June 2012 after a major snow dump isolates the town) 

-- Snow is starting to create problems for travellers on the South Island alpine passes, with vehicles held up on the Lindis Pass between Tarras and Omarama today... The temperature was about one degree Celsius in the area this morning, with snow on the road stopping two trucks which held up some drivers... "We've got a bit of a jam," she said in a clip she sent from Lindis Pass where two trucks had got stuck in the ice... Lindis Pass was closed for about an hour from 11am while the trucks blocked the road, but has since reopened... Snowfall on State Highway 73 from the Canterbury town of Springfield through Arthurs Pass is expected to reach 10-15cm... NZTA says travellers should carry chains if driving through the area due to the changing weather conditions... Queenstown Lakes District Council says chains are essential when passing through the Crown Range and on Coronet Peak Rd... Meanwhile, farther south at Milford Rd in Te Anau, one to two centimetres of snow could fall until 3pm... 
Christchurch, South Islands, NZ - One News/Seven Sharp, by Kristin Hall - May 30, 2016

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