Snow forecast for Canterbury

18:45, Jul 02 2014
Kowai Bush
WINTRY SCENE: Snow in Kowai Bush, about 450m and near Springfield, this morning.
Snow in Springfield
EXTRA DUSTING: Flurries fall on a giant doughnut in Springfield, Canterbury.
Snow in Te Anau
WINTER WONDERLAND: The white stuff was falling thick and fast in Te Anau's village green at 7am this morning.
Snow in Te Anau, Sandfly Cafe
TIME FOR A HOT DRINK: Te Anau's Sandfly Cafe looked like an inviting rest-stop at 7.30am this morning.
Snow in Kowai Bush
HEAVY SETTLING: A white landscape greeted Brooke Westerman at her Kowai Bush home this morning.
Snow in Oxford
UNSURE: Hokey the dog doesn't look sold on the white stuff at his home in Oxford, Canterbury.
Snow in Culverden
NOT A GREAT DAY FOR IT: Workers get stuck in a flurry in Culverden, North Canterbury, about 200m above sea level.
Snowy daffodils on Depot Rd
SEASONALLY CONFUSED: Daffodils weary with snowfall on Depot Rd, between Oxford and Sheffield, this morning.
Snow in Mossburn
FALLING THICK AND FAST: Snowfall piles up in Mossburn.
Snow in Te Anau
NO TEE-OFF TODAY: Te Anau golf course, pictured from an overlooking home, is blanketed in thick snow.
southland snow
Dairy cows wait for food beside State Highway 94 as the snow continues.
southland snow
Sergeant Tod Hollebon speaks about the situation on State Highway 94 to Downers' Hamish Angus.
southland snow
Kevin O'Sullivan of Downers is forced to fit chains to his snow sweeper on State Highway 94 as ice forms.
southland snow
A grader clears snow on State Highway 94.
southland snow
Snow covered sheep near Gorge Hill on State Highway 94 bear the snow as the snow dump continues.
southland snow
No school today for some pupils.
Snow around Lake Coleridge
WHITE BACKDROP: The 100-year-old Lake Coleridge Power Station looks even more dramatic in a snowy landscape.
oxford snow
Snow lies on the ground in Oxford, North Canterbury.
oxford snow
Carol Herrett caught this view from Te Anau.

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.

Snow in Springfield
WINTRY SCENE: Snow in Kowai Bush, about 450m and near Springfield, this morning.

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.

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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.

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