Snow cap on peak

But not for long

Last updated 15:34 04/03/2014
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Rob Needs

Mt Taranaki with a blanket of snow.

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Snow which dusted the top of Mt Taranaki today may be gone by the weekend.

Kiwi Outdoors Centre owner and outdoor pursuits specialist Rob Needs said the snow had reached 1700 metres overnight on Monday.

He said the temperature at the summit was about minus 12 degrees Celsius and climbers on the mountain had told him it was ''bitterly cold.''

But he said while a flow of Antarctic air had reminded Taranaki winter is near, the snow could easily melt away by the weekend.

''The weather's meant to clear and I don't think you'll be able to see the snow from town by Saturday.''

He said the colder weather meant there could be ice on the slopes and the scoria could freeze so trampers needed to be well prepared.

''It can go from extreme to extreme and people need to be prepared for anything.''

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