South wakes to cold snap

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

Southlanders woke up needing their winter woollies this morning, and temperatures are set to remain low for the rest of the day.

Snow is falling to about 200 metres in Fiordland and Southland. It is expected to spread into Otago later this morning.


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While snow has bypassed the Mackenzie basin in South Canterbury, it is falling above 300m about the Canterbury foothills and Banks Peninsula.

State Highway 6 is now open from Five Rivers to Lumsden and eastbound from Te Anau to Mossburn.

A car flipped on its roof at Te Anau but no one was injured.

There are now vehicle restrictions on the road from Lumsden to Athol. Ice on the road means it is now closed to towing vehicles.

A MetService warning says snow is likely to affect roads and passes in these areas, and cause disruption to travellers.

Black ice is affecting the road from Te Anau to the Lower Hollyford turnoff, with snow closing the road from the turnoff. Conditions were expected to improve this afternoon, when the road was likely to re-open but with restrictions.

A weather warning says snow showers would affect the Milford road today - mainly south of Lake Gunn. About 5 to 10cm of snow was possible above 400m south of Lake Gunn, with lesser amounts lower down. Snow may turn to rain below 300m for a time this afternoon.

About 1 to 3cm of snow was likely near the Homer Tunnel, falling between 11am and 4pm.

Snow showers are also expected to affect the Lindis Pass around midday. Between 11am and 5pm, about 1 to 3cm of snow fall was expected above 500m.

MetService meteorologist John Law said the winter day would be a real struggle for some in the south, with cold south westerlies, sleety showers and hail.

The top temperature in Te Anau today would be 3 degrees Celsius and snow to low levels in Southland would ease this evening.

Invercargill started the day on 1C and the temperature would probably not get much higher than 7C, he said.

Showers would continue for most of the day around the coastal areas of Southland.

Meanwhile snow has started falling in Gore.

Snow in Te Anau has kept many indoors.

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

However, frost underneath had made the roads slippery. The town was quiet because there were not many cars on the roads and all the schools were closed, she said.

The Southland Times