The snow has come to Canterbury today with flurries falling around the region, including Kowai Bush, Springfield and Methven.
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The region will have long fine spells inland, but is in for showers about the coast and plains with snow to 300m, and a high of just 8 degrees Celsius.
A MetService duty forecaster said there would not be snow for Christchurch today, just light rain showers, clearing this afternoon.
Banks Peninsula might get some snow down to 300m later today, but would also get hail and some light rain.
Showers over the Port Hills and Northern Canterbury plains would be clearing late morning today.
Snow showers were also expected to affect roads throughout Canterbury at times.
Snow showers on Arthur's Pass and Lewis Pass had cleared by this morning but were expected to affect the Lindis Pass road around midday.
Between 11am and 5pm, about 1 to 3 centimetres of snow could fall above 500m with lesser amounts lower down, MetService said.
What MetService describes as "a disturbed and very cold southwest flow" will cover the country, and has already brought snow down to 200m in Fiordland and Southland last night.
That snow will continue throughout the day and also dust Dunedin down to the hill suburbs and down to 300m in Banks Peninsula, MetService said.
Heavy snow, up to 20cm in total, could fall in areas down to 400m across these regions and the temperature is not expected to exceed 7C.
Western areas of the South Island are also in for a wet, cold day, with snow to low levels in Fiordland, and to 300m elsewhere.
- The Press