Snow forecast for Canterbury

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

The snow has come to Canterbury today with flurries falling around the region, including Kowai Bush, Springfield and Methven.


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

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.

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