Queenstown back in business after snowfall

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Heavy snow closed mountain roads and schools in Queenstown this morning.

Crown Range Road reopened shortly after 2pm but snow chains are essential to get over the summit.

“Conditions variable so the road’s status may change quickly,” reads a road conditions tweet from Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Queenstown Airport has also reopened after seven flight cancellations this morning due to snow on the runway and bad weather.

Airport spokesperson Jen Andrews says: “The runway was cleared at 11am and first flight, a jet from Christchurch, landed at 1pm.” 

The jet cleared the backlog of passengers from the cancelled turboprop flights.

Check the airport’s website for flight details.

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Snow blanketed the mountains, hills and the CBD last night and this morning but has now melted slightly downtown.

All main roads into the town are clear and Connectabus has resumed services to everywhere local except Arrowtown.

Schools remain closed.

The New Zealand MetService predicts temperatures will plummet to -9 overnight with a severe frost.

The weather is forecast to be clear tomorrow but then high winds on Wednesday followed by more snow on Thursday with sub-zero temperatures at nights.

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