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Te Anau To Milford Sound Piopiotahi Highway Has First Taste Of Real Winter Weather

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency

Southlands Milford Sound Piopiotahi highway, SH94, had its third day of full closure today (Wednesday) with snow blanketing the area and the Homer Tunnel portals. The avalanche risk has also been assessed as high, says Kevin Thompson, Milford Road …

Southland’s Milford Sound Piopiotahi highway, SH94, had its third day of full closure today (Wednesday) with snow blanketing the area and the Homer Tunnel portals. The avalanche risk has also been assessed as high, says Kevin Thompson, Milford Road Alliance Manager for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

“We have had a pretty mild winter to date but this week winter conditions arrived for real,” says Mr Thompson. “We have had some large avalanches in recent days as we forecasted.

“As soon as we get a safe weather window, we will use helicopters to reduce the avalanche risk with managed explosions in strategic spots to remove large volumes of snow above the road.”

Mr Thompson says the current storm system is likely to run to the weekend, however if the road can be safely reopened for parts or all of this time it will be.

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