Snow in Dunedin forces Sydney FC indoors

Last updated 11:26 21/07/2014
COLD: Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold and player Shane Smeltz.
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COLD: Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold and player Shane Smeltz.

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A-League football club Sydney FC have been forced to cancel a training run in Dunedin this morning after a bitterly cold snap saw snow falling and temperatures plummeting.

The Australian side, who are in New Zealand as part of the Football United tour, had a scheduled practice at Forrester Park, in the north of the city.

However, with snow falling on and off from around 8am and temperatures less than ideal they will now train under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium at 2.30pm this afternoon.

Sydney FC are taking on English Premier League team Newcastle United at the stadium tomorrow night, before facing the Wellington Phoenix in the capital on Saturday night.

Newcastle United were also avoiding the cold weather, training under the roof at the stadium this morning.

MetService duty forecaster John Law said a strong, cold, south to southwest flow was spreading its way across the country, dragging brisk winds and low temperatures with it.

Law said it wasn't a huge band moving up the country, so snow will take the form of scattered flurries across primarily coastal areas in the lower South Island throughout today, affecting areas further north tomorrow.

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