Satellite image shows extent of snow

Snow in Woodham Drive, Ashburton.
Snow in Woodham Drive, Ashburton.

GETTING CREATIVE: Maya Stiven makes snowmen in her Beckenham backyard today.
GETTING CREATIVE: Maya Stiven makes snowmen in her Beckenham backyard today.
Police closed SH6 north of Greymouth to most traffic after McLeans Creek overflowed.
Police closed SH6 north of Greymouth to most traffic after McLeans Creek overflowed.
DOG'S LIFE: Gemma the bichon in her Rangiora backyard.
DOG'S LIFE: Gemma the bichon in her Rangiora backyard.
Snow in Christchurch.
Snow in Christchurch.
Flooding on State Highway 6 north of Greymouth.
Flooding on State Highway 6 north of Greymouth.
BIRD FEED: A finch feeds in Eric Pollock's Rangiora backyard.
BIRD FEED: A finch feeds in Eric Pollock's Rangiora backyard.
Snow in Wigram, Christchurch.
Snow in Wigram, Christchurch.
A house surrounded by floodwaters north of Greymouth.
A house surrounded by floodwaters north of Greymouth.
Lakya the husky has an early morning romp in the snow in Ashburton.
Lakya the husky has an early morning romp in the snow in Ashburton.
WARM KITTY: Mia the cat is wrapped up warm against the cold by her owner Chris Hlavac.
WARM KITTY: Mia the cat is wrapped up warm against the cold by her owner Chris Hlavac.
SURF'S UP: Southshore beach was transformed by snow today.
SURF'S UP: Southshore beach was transformed by snow today.
WATER'S EDGE: Snow reaches the sea at Southshore beach.
WATER'S EDGE: Snow reaches the sea at Southshore beach.
FUN IN THE SNOW: Nick and Claire Goodey at Sumner Beach.
FUN IN THE SNOW: Nick and Claire Goodey at Sumner Beach.
FAMILY FUN: Dr Annie Maillard and Esme Maillard enjoy a snowfight at TaiTapu.
FAMILY FUN: Dr Annie Maillard and Esme Maillard enjoy a snowfight at TaiTapu.
PLAY TIME: Summer Bennett rugged up in Rolleston.
PLAY TIME: Summer Bennett rugged up in Rolleston.
Wintry conditions at Christchurch Airport.
Wintry conditions at Christchurch Airport.
Snow falls in Westmorland, Christchurch.
Snow falls in Westmorland, Christchurch.
Snow in Burnside, Christchurch.
Snow in Burnside, Christchurch.
NEVER TOO EARLY: Jazmine was out playing in the Twizel snow before daylight.
NEVER TOO EARLY: Jazmine was out playing in the Twizel snow before daylight.
PRETTY IN PINK: Flowers still blooming in Ilam.
PRETTY IN PINK: Flowers still blooming in Ilam.
SNOW LOVER: Eli of Ilam loves snow, says the Dowsett family.
SNOW LOVER: Eli of Ilam loves snow, says the Dowsett family.
PREBBLETON: Winter landscape
PREBBLETON: Winter landscape
SLIPPERY: Careful progress for traffic on Dyers Pass Rd.
SLIPPERY: Careful progress for traffic on Dyers Pass Rd.
ASHBURTON: Snow has been falling heavily in mid-Canterbury.
ASHBURTON: Snow has been falling heavily in mid-Canterbury.
SNOWGLOBE: Ashburton resident Christine Richards has photographed the large flakes as they fall.
SNOWGLOBE: Ashburton resident Christine Richards has photographed the large flakes as they fall.
WHITE OUT: Snow lies thickly on a garden in the hills above Rangiora.
WHITE OUT: Snow lies thickly on a garden in the hills above Rangiora.
WINTRY: Rangiora residents woke to see their gardens blanketed in snow.
WINTRY: Rangiora residents woke to see their gardens blanketed in snow.
SHELTER: Some stock have found shelter from the wind and snow.
SHELTER: Some stock have found shelter from the wind and snow.
SHIVERING: No escape for these animals in a paddock near Rangiora.
SHIVERING: No escape for these animals in a paddock near Rangiora.

From a distance, its easy to see how snow brought so much of mainland life to a standstill.

The blanket of snow that cut power, closed schools and blocked roads in the South Island has been captured in a satellite image this morning.

NIWA scientist Richard Turner said the image taken at 10.48am today showed Canterbury got a "good dumping" of snow to fairly low elevations yesterday.

"You can see the elevation that the snow reached, though there would have been a wee bit of melting by then," he said.

"There is a bit of snow even on the ranges around Nelson, up to the back of Takaka. It just shows the scale of the weather system.

"In the Tasman, there is a lot of clumpy clouds that shows very cold air over a relative warm ocean."

Turner said it was clear on both the east and west of the South Island, suggesting there was southwesterly flow following the storm.

He said geographical features stood out after a snow fall, with rivers and ranges easy to spot in the image.

"It's a nice image, it would have been quite frosty last night, quite cold this morning. There are a lot of things you can see."

The image was captured using data from a sensor flying aboard Nasa's Earth Observing System satellite Terra, and was then received by Niwa's station in Central Otago.

SNOWY OUTLOOK: A rural snow scene in Glentunnel today.
SNOWY OUTLOOK: A rural snow scene in Glentunnel today.
CUTE KIDS: Cooper, Bella, Sydney and Brooke Marsh trek to St Albans School today.
CUTE KIDS: Cooper, Bella, Sydney and Brooke Marsh trek to St Albans School today.
SNOWY SCENE: Waikuku Beach, North Canterbury.
SNOWY SCENE: Waikuku Beach, North Canterbury.
WHITE OUT: Snow on the tracks at Styx Mill, Redwood.
WHITE OUT: Snow on the tracks at Styx Mill, Redwood.
SCHOOL'S OUT: Christchurch Boys' High School blanketed in snow yesterday.
SCHOOL'S OUT: Christchurch Boys' High School blanketed in snow yesterday.
QUIET SPOT: Snow rests on a memorial flower left at the former site of the CTV building today.
QUIET SPOT: Snow rests on a memorial flower left at the former site of the CTV building today.
QUAKE-MAN: Izak and Monica Koster with their EQC inspector snowman.
QUAKE-MAN: Izak and Monica Koster with their EQC inspector snowman.
FIRST SNOW: James Leuzzi, 4 months, enjoying his first taste of snow in Hillmorton, Christchurch.
FIRST SNOW: James Leuzzi, 4 months, enjoying his first taste of snow in Hillmorton, Christchurch.
ROBOT-MAN: Kyra Elliott, 9, and Alexis Elliott, 5, in Mairehau with their robotic snowman.
ROBOT-MAN: Kyra Elliott, 9, and Alexis Elliott, 5, in Mairehau with their robotic snowman.
BIKE TIME: Will Paterson can't understand why his bike won't work in Rangiora.
BIKE TIME: Will Paterson can't understand why his bike won't work in Rangiora.
A RARE SIGHT: Snow on Sumner beach in June.
A RARE SIGHT: Snow on Sumner beach in June.
SUB-ZERO: Leigh Greening's breath is visible in the freezing Sumner air.
SUB-ZERO: Leigh Greening's breath is visible in the freezing Sumner air.
TOO EARLY: Leigh Greening arrives at Our Lady Star of the Sea school in Sumner with Holly Jones, 6, and Riley Jones, 5. School was shut until 11am.
TOO EARLY: Leigh Greening arrives at Our Lady Star of the Sea school in Sumner with Holly Jones, 6, and Riley Jones, 5. School was shut until 11am.
JAMMED: Traffic travelling north on SH 1 were stopped at Waipara Junction this morning. Snow fell heavily in the region overnight.
JAMMED: Traffic travelling north on SH 1 were stopped at Waipara Junction this morning. Snow fell heavily in the region overnight.
CHILLY WORK: Matt Sixtus, Washcreek farm manager, ensuring his Waipara stock are surviving in the snow.
CHILLY WORK: Matt Sixtus, Washcreek farm manager, ensuring his Waipara stock are surviving in the snow.
CHILLY POOCH: Kodak the dog in Glentunnel today.
CHILLY POOCH: Kodak the dog in Glentunnel today.
AT WORK: Washcreek farm manager Matt Sixtus at work with his dogs despite temperatures in the Waipara valley plummeting to -7.5deg at sunrise.
AT WORK: Washcreek farm manager Matt Sixtus at work with his dogs despite temperatures in the Waipara valley plummeting to -7.5deg at sunrise.
CAREFUL START: Motorists consider their options on Cashmere's Rose Street.
CAREFUL START: Motorists consider their options on Cashmere's Rose Street.
STILL: Mist rises from a Richmond waterway.
STILL: Mist rises from a Richmond waterway.
PORT HILLS: The moon over the Port Hills, taken from Church Bay.
PORT HILLS: The moon over the Port Hills, taken from Church Bay.
GLISTENING: A close-up of the snow crystals.
GLISTENING: A close-up of the snow crystals.
SNOW RAT: Snowy sculpture by the Van der Merwe family of Bromley.
SNOW RAT: Snowy sculpture by the Van der Merwe family of Bromley.
Spiders web, Halswell.
Spiders web, Halswell.
Winter blankets Christchurch, from the Port Hills.
Winter blankets Christchurch, from the Port Hills.
BREATHTAKING: The view of Lyttelton Harbour from Dyers Pass Rd.
BREATHTAKING: The view of Lyttelton Harbour from Dyers Pass Rd.
CANTERBURY: Snow covers the city through to the alps as seen from the top of Cashmere Hill.
CANTERBURY: Snow covers the city through to the alps as seen from the top of Cashmere Hill.
TREACHEROUS: Icy start for Diamond Harbour.
TREACHEROUS: Icy start for Diamond Harbour.
DUSTING: The picturesque harbour town of Lyttelton.
DUSTING: The picturesque harbour town of Lyttelton.
PINK: Sun rises over the white-capped Southern Alps.
PINK: Sun rises over the white-capped Southern Alps.
ICY: Snowy dawn peeping through from the hills near Rangiora.
ICY: Snowy dawn peeping through from the hills near Rangiora.
DAWN: Skies clear and cold over a snow-covered Christchurch.
DAWN: Skies clear and cold over a snow-covered Christchurch.
CLEARING: Snow still lies thick on the ground on Huntsbury hill.
CLEARING: Snow still lies thick on the ground on Huntsbury hill.
CRISP: Snow lies thickly on a garden near Rangiora.
CRISP: Snow lies thickly on a garden near Rangiora.

Aquat and Terra passes over New Zealand twice a day - once during the daytime and again at night - at an altitude of 705km.

SATELLITE VIEW: The South Island seen from space this morning.
SATELLITE VIEW: The South Island seen from space this morning.

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