The Desert Road is closed due to a dumping of snow in the Central North Island.
Civil Defence in Taupo tweeted this morning about the closure.
Snow strikes again! SH1 Desert Road is closed between Rangipo and Waiouru this morning due to snow. Please take care out there and drive to the conditions. https://t.co/7sMeNxboD0— Taupo Emergency Mgnt (@TaupoEmergency) July 9, 2018
The MetService is forecasting snow showers for the area today.
"A few snow showers are expected to affect higher parts of the road today.Until 2pm, expect 1 to 3cm to settle near the summit."
SH1 RANGIPO TO WAIOURU (DESERT ROAD) - SNOW - 8:40AM— NZTA Central Nth Is (@NZTACNI) July 9, 2018
Due to snow, SH1 Desert Road is CLOSED from Rangipo to Waiouru. Please use Ohakune as a detour route, and remember to drive to the conditions. ^HJ pic.twitter.com/DkEdfSxut2