Heavy snow in Otago

00:10, 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.

The chilly blast has come at a bad time for Southern dairy farmers, Federated Farmers say.

Southland and Otago residents woke this morning to a white dusting across the city and temperatures hovering around 2 degrees Celcius.

Metservice forecast wintery showers for the morning with wind gusts of up to 100km later in the day. There are reports of snow settling in Gore, Lumsden, Mossburn and Dipton.

SLIPPERY TIMES: Snow coats Mornington Rd in Dunedin.
SLIPPERY TIMES: Snow coats Mornington Rd in Dunedin in this webcam image from NZTA.

Provincial president Russell MacPherson said there were a lot of people in Otago and Southland in the thick of calving and temperatures dropping below zero degrees would be challenging.

"Whilst the snow is blanketing pastures it's the wind chill that is really going to test us. The bitter chill cuts through you and new born calves won't be able to cope for long in these conditions.

Farmers would be busy feeding out to stock and pushing them to shelter to get them through, he said.

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The main focus would be rushing new born calves to to the calving shed  to keep them warm.

The wild weather has also wrecked havoc on powerlines in the south over night.

PowerNet networks general manager Keith Burns said about 200 people in Southland were affected by power outages.

The Southern region from Te Anau, through Mossburn to Dipton was one of the worst affected, with Balclutha area also being hit hard by weather caused faults, he said.

Outages were caused by fallen trees, debris being blown into lines, as well as fuses blowing because of increased heater use, he said.

Almost all of the faults had been resolved about 10am, he said.

Heavy snow on the roads caused trouble for one truck driver in Clinton this morning when a truck and trailer had rolled over in icy conditions.

No other details were available at this stage.

The New Zealand Transport Agency is urging caution on several South Island highways due to snow and ice.

Chains are essential on SH94 from Te Anau to Mossburn, SH85 from Kyeburn to Omakau, SH8 Tarras to Omarama, SH8 Clarksville to Raes Junction, SH7 Hanmer Turnoff to Springs Junction and SH73 Arthus Pass to Otira.

Caution is also urged on SH1 Dunedin to Waitati, SH6 Kingston to Dipton, SH1 Mosgiel to Andersons Bay and SH85 Kyeburn to Palmerston.

Snow started falling in Queenstown shortly after 9am this morning, with snow on the crown range between Queenstown and Wanaka and motorists are advised to carry chains.

Chains are essential on the Lindis Pass and SH8 between Alexandra and Raes Junction and SH85 between Alexandra and Ranfurly.

The heavy snow has also closed schools and disrupted traffic around the southern South Island.

Most schools in Dunedin had been closed or were to have 10am starts. 

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