Live: Heavy snow blankets the south

03:45, Aug 08 2014
Snow in Dunedin.
Snow in Dunedin.
Te Anau has awoken to a layer of snow.
Te Anau has awoken to a layer of snow.
Snow blankets South Dunedin and St Kilda beach.
Snow blankets South Dunedin and St Kilda beach.
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Snow at St Kilda Beach.
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Snow frost the dunes at St Kilda Beach in Dunedin.
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The sun rises over Kaikorai Valley, looking towards Mt Cargill this morning.
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Vehicles move drive to the snowy conditions in Dunedin.
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Lights shine around Dunedin's Anderson Bay.
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Invercargill resident Chris Watson is hoping the hail and sleet settles to make a winter wonderland.
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An Air New Zealand flight was grounded at Dunedin Airport this morning.
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Jack russell Eddie encounters snow for the first time.
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Gordon McDiarmid on McKendry Road in Outram snapped some pics this morning.
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Gordon McDiarmid on McKendry Road in Outram snapped some pics this morning.
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Mornington, Dunedin gets a layer of snow.
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Snow falls in North East Valley in Dunedin.
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The hills around Dunedin get a skiff of snow this morning.
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The wintry blast hits at the Aparima river at Wreys Bush in Western Southland.
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The wintry blast hits at the Aparima river at Wreys Bush in Western Southland.
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All seems calm in Roxburgh, Central Otago.
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Snow started falling in Queenstown about 9am this morning.
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Snow started falling in Queenstown about 9am this morning.
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ICY: The driver of this truck was speaking to police after this crash on a snowy State Highway 1, south of Clinton this morning.
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Otago University students Lydia Cross, from left, Katie Everett and Ashleigh Jackson get creative on snow days.
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The mail must get through - Russell Dykes delivers the mail in snowy conditions on his Rural delivery 3, Winton mail run, near Oreti, Central Southland.
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The view from the top of Heriot Row in Dunedin about 8am this morning.
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It was a slow drive after an accident on Saddle Hill in Mosgiel.
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A white start to the day in Willowbank.
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Dunedin landmark Mt Cargill gets a dusting of snow.
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The Dunedin landscape looked nothing short of freezing.
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Snow covers Dunedin.
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The snow adds a fairytale feel to Dunedin.
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Mr Snowy isw the newest addition to Lauren's flat in Dunedin.
Snow covers the hills in the Lindis Pass.
Snow covers the hills in the Lindis Pass.
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Bella Dykes, of Winton, has some fun in the snow today.
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Do you wanna make a snowman?
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The driver of this truck was speaking to police after this crash on a snowy State Highway 1, south of Clinton this morning.
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Rory McLeod 16, of Nightcaps, finds ways to entertain himself on a day off Central Southland College in Winton.
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A Fulton Hogan truck keeps the roads clear on Friday morning near Ohai.
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The roads on the outskirts of Ohai receive a fresh fall of snow.
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A calf tests out the snow on the outskirts of Ohai.
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The main street of Ohai is postcard pretty in the snow.
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Peter Templer of Puketihi Farm, Ohai, feeds out to his sheep.
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Rachael Johns, 15, gets towed by Shayna McLeod 14, both of Nightcaps.
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Tom Ayers, 10, builds a snowman at his Mimihau home, near Wyndham.
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Kayla McGregor, 10, at Wreys Bush is happy with her snowman.
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A grader gets to work on Edenale Hill in Southland.
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Traffic heads south into white-out conditions on SH1 (Tutu Hill Rd) in the Clutha District.
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Trucks crawl north up SH1 at Kaihiku (between Balclutha and Clinton).
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Emergency services personnel check out a truck crash on Beacon Hill Road about 6km north of Waipahi.
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Traffic heads north into white-out conditions on SH1 1 (Tutu Hill Rd) in the Clutha District.

Heavy snow has hit the deep south, closing schools and disrupting traffic throughout Otago and Southland, while snow flurries fell in Christchurch.

As the freezing level rises today, rain and thunderstorms will replace snow flurries.

Our live coverage, featuring your weather photos from across the country, has finished but you can still see the replay and photos below. For further updates check out the full story here.

* The snow level is expected to rise to about 200 metres tonight after falling to sea level in Otago, Southland and Fiordland. Those regions are in line for rain, hail and thunderstorms later today.

* Canterbury is in the firing line for sleety showers later this evening and snow to 200 metres.

* SH87 Kyeburn To Outram will stay closed overnight due to heavy snow. Conditions will be reviewed at 10am on Saturday.

* Several flights travelling to or from Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown were cancelled or delayed by the weather.

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* Buses were not operating in Dunedin's hill suburbs this morning but are back on service now.

* Most schools in Dunedin are closed or opened at 10am.

 

 

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