NEW ZEALAND — More than 1400 Queenstown residents are facing a night without electricity following heavy wet snow, fallen trees and snow-loaded branches damaging overhead power lines.
Extreme weather and difficult access has hampered efforts to restore power in the region.
The temperature is predicted to drop to -1C overnight.
An Aurora Energy spokesperson said, “Power remains out for 1436 people after heavy snowfall. Affected customers should prepare to be without power overnight.”
Glenorchy Road is closed from Bob's Cove due to a fallen tree and damaged powerlines.
The Crown Range is now Chains to be fitted from Chain Bay 1 and Chain Bay 7.
A number of cars already stranded up the top. pic.twitter.com/3FkqRNcCKR
— QLDC (@QueenstownLakes) September 16, 2018
Heavy snowfall in the southern South Island has also forced all schools to close and many flights to be cancelled.
The cold conditions will likely cause further stress for livestock as brutal spring storms have already resulted in the loss of 100,000 lambs.
Rachel Brown, a Wanaka community board member, said the timing of the snow was unfortunate, as fruit trees were bursting into blossom.
— MissSnowItAll (@MissSnowItAll) September 16, 2018
— Snow Forecast.com (@SnowForecast) September 17, 2018
The low pressure system prompted severe weather warnings in New Zealand’s South Island, Monday.
Now the country’s North Island is bracing for torrential rain and flooding as the system moves on over the next few days.