Fresh snow dusts South Island

04:28, Jun 26 2012
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FRESH DUMP: Heavy snow has fallen at Porters skifield today.

Canterbury skifields have been hit with another snowstorm, just in time for the school holidays.

A heavy-snow warning is in place for the west and the far south of the South Island.

MetService spokesman Daniel Corbett said a cold southwest flow was moving across New Zealand, dusting snow on the tops of the skifields.  

"It's barrelling into the West Coast and sprinkling some snow across the tops of the mountain ridges. You could expect between 30 to 40centimetres of snow in those higher altitude areas."

He said the snow showers could continue tomorrow and Thursday, but should start to settle down on Friday.

"I imagine there will be a lot of people waxing their skis this weekend saying 'Let's go'," he said.

Heavy snow had fallen at the Porters skifield and ski area general manager Uli Dinsenbacher said he was extremely happy with the conditions this early in the season.

"It's shaping up to be a really good season,'' he said. ''These are the best conditions for many years for the July school holidays."


The Press