South Island satellite snow images
The MetService has released stunning satellite images of the South Island blanketed in snow after the weekend polar blast.
Images show the South Island yesterday morning and in the afternoon as cloud cover lifted, with contours showing many parts with snow down to 200 metres above sea level.
The latest forecast says this week will be far quieter.
MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said Queenstown Winter Festival could expect sunny days with light winds and a great base for the skifields.
Lingering cold air could bring frosts, he said.
''Mostly clear skies, light winds, and in some places extensive snow cover will be the perfect recipe for night-time cooling, meaning very frosty conditions."
The Southland Times