Skifields revel in late-winter snowfall

20:44, Aug 28 2013

Snow started falling around the Southern Lakes yesterday after the warmest July on record and a very lean August.

Skifields around the region were keen for fresh powder when the forecast wintry blast started dumping snow about noon.

The MetService forecast a southerly blast pushing north across the South Island.

Skifields were expecting up to 10 centimetres or more.

At The Remarkables, the snow started about noon, and at Treble Cone staff posted photographs of the snow "puking it down".

A Southern Lakes forecast said snow was expected to fall to 300 metres overnight accompanied by gales, with the freezing level lowering from 1400m to 600m.

The temperature was expected to fall to minus 7 degrees Celsius overnight, the forecast said.

Today, early snowfalls were forecast, with the freezing level rising from 800m to 1200m, with southerly breezes.

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