Residents of eastern and northern Southland are advised to further delay any travel until the early afternoon as roads across the region continue to be affected by snow and ice.
While snow is melting in Invercargill, both main highways (SH6 and SH1) remain closed, as does SH93 between Mataura and Clinton. It is likely many country roads are still marginal or impassable.
Neil Cruickshank, Manager of Emergency Management Southland, continued to urge people to be careful and avoid all non-essential travel.
“We are expecting severe frosts tonight and possibly throughout the rest of the week,” Mr Cruickshank said. “Travel in the early mornings, particularly tomorrow, could be dangerous. People should take particular care when walking around their homes and on footpaths, and should take the time today to clear any snow and ice.”
Frozen water pipes may also begin to cause problems for some.
Local radio stations are carrying up to date messages about road conditions.
Information is also online at www.civildefence.co.nz