Snowfall closes schools and mountain roads in Queenstown

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Heavy snow has closed mountain roads and schools in Queenstown this morning (Monday).

Connectabus services are also suspended until 10.30am although main roads into the town are clear.

Queenstown Airport’s rescue fire crew has been working since 2am to clear snow from the runway.

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Flights to and from Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch have been cancelled. See below for details and check the airport’s website.

A Queenstown Lakes District Council road conditions tweet reads: “All priority main roads now clear, working on secondary roads and footpaths. Still snowing so go carefully.

A previous update reads: “All roads affected by snow, main routes open, chains needed on roads where snowploughs yet to reach. Watch for black ice. Crown Range closed.”

Snow has blanketed the mountains, hills and CBD.

The New Zealand MetService predicts it will continue snowing all day with temperatures plummeting to -9 overnight.

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Tomorrow, the weather is forecast to clear.

A message on the Remarkables Primary School website reads: “RPS is CLOSED today. Roads have got worse in last hour. Stay home and keep warm. (Mon 7am).”

Meanwhile a Queenstown Airport tweet this morning reads: CANCELLED: JQ224 to SydneyJQ279 from Akld 8.55am, NZ5383 from ChCh 9.30am, NZ5001 from ChCh 12.35pm. AirNZ departing ChCh 11.30am with a jet instead.

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