Snow brings travel warnings

07:24, Jul 02 2014
Kowai Bush
WINTRY SCENE: Snow in Kowai Bush, about 450m and near Springfield, this morning.
Snow in Springfield
EXTRA DUSTING: Flurries fall on a giant doughnut in Springfield, Canterbury.
Snow in Te Anau
WINTER WONDERLAND: The white stuff was falling thick and fast in Te Anau's village green at 7am this morning.
Snow in Te Anau, Sandfly Cafe
TIME FOR A HOT DRINK: Te Anau's Sandfly Cafe looked like an inviting rest-stop at 7.30am this morning.
Snow in Kowai Bush
HEAVY SETTLING: A white landscape greeted Brooke Westerman at her Kowai Bush home this morning.
Snow in Oxford
UNSURE: Hokey the dog doesn't look sold on the white stuff at his home in Oxford, Canterbury.
Snow in Culverden
NOT A GREAT DAY FOR IT: Workers get stuck in a flurry in Culverden, North Canterbury, about 200m above sea level.
Snowy daffodils on Depot Rd
SEASONALLY CONFUSED: Daffodils weary with snowfall on Depot Rd, between Oxford and Sheffield, this morning.
Snow in Mossburn
FALLING THICK AND FAST: Snowfall piles up in Mossburn.
Snow in Te Anau
NO TEE-OFF TODAY: Te Anau golf course, pictured from an overlooking home, is blanketed in thick snow.
southland snow
Dairy cows wait for food beside State Highway 94 as the snow continues.
southland snow
Sergeant Tod Hollebon speaks about the situation on State Highway 94 to Downers' Hamish Angus.
southland snow
Kevin O'Sullivan of Downers is forced to fit chains to his snow sweeper on State Highway 94 as ice forms.
southland snow
A grader clears snow on State Highway 94.
southland snow
Snow covered sheep near Gorge Hill on State Highway 94 bear the snow as the snow dump continues.
southland snow
No school today for some pupils.
Snow around Lake Coleridge
WHITE BACKDROP: The 100-year-old Lake Coleridge Power Station looks even more dramatic in a snowy landscape.
oxford snow
Snow lies on the ground in Oxford, North Canterbury.
oxford snow
Carol Herrett caught this view from Te Anau.

Travel warnings have been issued for some highways as both the North and South islands get a dumping of snow.

The New Zealand Transport Agency issued an area warning for SH1 Desert Road owing to “winter driving conditions”. Motorists were also urged to take extra care on SH4 from National Park to Tohunga Junction until further notice.

In the South Island, SH8 Lindis Pass was closed owing to snow.  SH6 Haast to Makarora was closed after rock falls at 4pm, and expected to reopen at 8.30am tomorrow. An area warning was in place for SH94 Te Anau to Milford South owing to snow, and all vehicles driving this route must carry chains. Motorists driving SH90 Raes Junction to Mcnab were advised to take extra care as there was snow on the road.

Taranaki hail
South Taranaki had two bouts of hail this morning, resulting in this accumulation.
Lyall bay rainbow
The storm arrives in Wellington's Lyall Bay.
Lyall bay rainbow
A rainbow forms over central Wellington.
Storm clouds, Wellington, July 2
Steve Mulliss says: I took this photo at 10.45am today from my home in Miramar (Wellington), looking across to Lyall Bay. The twin funnels lasted a few minutes and didn't get any bigger than this before fading rapidly.
Masterton hail
Hail in a Masterton garden this afternoon.
WAIOURU WINTER: Snowfall in Waiouru this morning.
Sam Oldfield snapped this from his office in Masterton.
Aftermath of the hail storms in Lower Hutt.
Making driving tricky in the Whiteman's Valley, near Wellington.

The MetService had earlier warned of snow on the Desert Road, as well as hail in parts of the North Island as a cold snap moves across the country.

It had said there was the possibility of five to 10cm of snow above 800m, with slightly lesser amounts expected below 600m.

It also issued a road snow warning for the Rimutaka Hill Road, north of Wellington, where snow could settle to up to 1cm on the State Highway 2 road, between Wairarapa and Upper Hutt, MetService meteorologist Peter Little said.



Hail had today fallen in Masterton, Wellington and Taranaki.

More hail, along with heavy showers and possible thunderstorms, were possible down the west of the North Island from Northland to Kapiti and including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and the central high country.

A northwest flow had been encountering a cold, unstable southerly flow off the North Island south coast. They were converging and "thunderstorms have popped up", Little said.

The southerly flow would win and push the weather north.

Coastal areas such as Ngawi and Cape Palliser would have got the worst of it.

The Auckland region experienced "stop-start showers".


Snow will continue to fall in parts of Canterbury, Fiordland, Southland and Otago until tomorrow morning.

Christchurch would escape a dumping, with just light showers, MetService said.

Banks Peninsula might get snow down to 300 metres today, but would also get hail and some light rain.

Showers over the Port Hills and the northern Canterbury Plains have all but cleared.

Late on Wednesday afternoons, strong winds and sleety hail hit Dunedin, breaking a month-long bask in sunshine.

Up to 20 centimetres of snow could fall to 400m further south, and the temperature was not expected to exceed 7C.

Black ice was reported around Te Anau earlier.

Te Anau Sand Fly cafe owner Carolyn Fox said the snow started about 6.30am and had continued, with some heavy falls.

Frost underneath had made the roads slippery.