Freezing night ahead

05:47, May 26 2014
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Police officer Feleki Urhle working in the early hours of the morning captures eerie, empty streets of Arrowtown as snow falls.
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Police officer Feleki Urhle working in the early hours of the morning captures eerie, empty streets of Arrowtown as snow falls.
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Live24 NZ Limited manager Damon Forde woke to find his driveway under a large dump of snow in Arrowtown.
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Snow coats a street in Bradford, Dunedin.
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Strong northwest gusts lift spray of the water north of Kaikoura.
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Snow at Jacks Point, Queenstown.
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Renee Haenga's backyard in Arrowtown.
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Taken on Stafford Street, Dunedin.
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"Unfortunately uni hasn't been cancelled, yet," says Dunedin student Tori Catherwood
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Heidi Locher sent in this photo of cars covered in snow in Arrowtown, taken this morning.
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A wintery scene greeted those in Arrowtown.
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This is Merlot, frolicking in the snow this morning.
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One of the first up on Shetland St in Wakari, Dunedin this morning.
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Snow covers a vechicle at Lake Hayes Estate, Queenstown.
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Queenstown, taken from Highview Terrace.
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Hillside homes in Queenstown were covered in snow this morning.
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Looking from Queenstown hill back to town from Hallenstein St.
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Pyper and Lucas Gibson playing with Pluto.
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Snow in Cromwell at Wooing Tree Vineyard.
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Blue skies greet the fresh snow on the ground in Cromwell.
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Fresh snow-dusted hills greet those coming into Cromwell this morning.
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Early morning snow in Wanaka, about 10 m above lake level.
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The view from Jade Cottage on Takaka Hill about 7.30am today.
Snow on Port Hills
Flurries fall on Christchurch's Port Hills, where temperatures "feel like -1C".
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Renee Haenga had this view of Arrowtown's streets on her way to work this morning.
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Renee Haenga had this view of Arrowtown's streets on her way to work this morning.
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Renee Haenga had this view of Arrowtown's streets on her way to work this morning.
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Danica Tauri and Logan Morris' horses overlooking Lake Te Anau.
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It was still snowing in Dunedin at 11.30am when Akmal Barikzai sent this pic through.
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With Arrowtown Primary School closed for the day, Willi Stanley, 5, Charlie Stanley, 9, Oscar Stanley, 7, Max Frew, 9, Austin Watts, 9, Sam Little, 9, Lucca Spring, 9, put their time to good use building a giant snowman.
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It was snowman-building weather for Felix, Charlotte, Isla and Riley in Queenstown this morning.
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Malcolm George had a beautiful view of Wanaka looking towards Cardrona Valley.
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No golf at The Hills Golf Club today, Sebastiaan Bruinsma says. SEBASTIAAN BRUINSMA
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A light dusting of snow along the Desert Road on SH1 in the North Island.
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My flatmate's boxer dog, Mila, loves the snow in Dunedin.
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The snow did make it to lake level - beautiful here!
Snow at Castle
These photos were taken at Larnach Castle where very light snow still continued to fall at midday.
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Snow falling in Tapanui in West Otago. It started from 4pm on Sunday.
Snow on Akaroa Rd to Barry's Bay
The road to Barrys Bay, Banks Peninsula, has just reopened to cars without snow chains.
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Photographer Edward Howarth captures a crisp morning in Wanaka.
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Photographer Edward Howarth captures a crisp morning in Wanaka.
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Photographer Edward Howarth captures a crisp morning in Wanaka.
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Jess Blyth takes the dogs out for a run in the snow at Waitati.
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Snow glints as the sun shine on Blueskin Bay.
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Snow collects on a hill at a Waitati farm.
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A cottage on the Crown Terrace near Arrowtown.
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High tide nears at the Akaroa waterfront.
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Water pools along Akaroa's waterfront.
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High tide nears at the Akaroa waterfront.
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A photo from snowy Wanaka this morning
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First snow of the season in Wanaka.
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Another picture perfect day in Brockville, Dunedin.
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Walkers leave their mark in the snow on the grounds of Wakaki Hospital.
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Walkers leave their mark in the snow on the grounds of Wakaki Hospital.
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Snow on the Kahurangi Range as seen Dovedale, Nelson. "With a view like this why would you work in an office!," says George Richards.

Temperatures are set to dip again tonight, after a southerly front brought snow across parts of the South Island.

This afternoon there were still some snow flurries about Banks Peninsula, and some snow was visible on the Port Hills.

MetService meteorologist Elke Louw said parts of the South Island would be set for a chilly start tomorrow, with a low of -9 degrees Celsius expected for Twizel.

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FLURRY: Snow falls thick and fast in Queenstown town centre early this morning.

Christchurch would be slightly warmer on -5C in the morning, with Ashburton on -3C.

Temperatures would remain low during the day, Louw said, with a high of about 10C across the region.

Police warned drivers to keep a close eye on road conditions, with frosts and snow possible in Canterbury.

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Senior Sergeant Phil Newton of Canterbury Highway Patrol warned drivers to adapt to the wintery conditions.

Frosts are likely tomorrow morning, particularly inland.

"That's going to make many roads across the district treacherous, and will dramatically increase the risks of drivers having a crash - especially if they have a lapse in concentration," he said.

''Our most important message to all drivers is to slow down whenever the weather turns bad.''

Newton recommended drivers increased following distances, cleared ice and condensation from their windscreens and checked the tyres, brakes, lights and windscreen wipers on their vehicles.

Drivers on the mountain passes should carry chains.

Arthur's Pass and Haast Pass were both reopened yesterday after slips closed them last week.

A ''massive slip'' about 1 kilometre west of the Otira township closed Arthur's Pass on Friday.

NZ Transport Agency senior network manager Mark Pinner said the highway would remain open overnight

Single-lane access through the area was opened at about midday. Traffic through the area was being controlled and limited to 30 kph.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) data shows the coldest temperature recorded in Christchurch during May last year was -2.8, recorded near the airport on May 30.

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