Drivers warned as Canterbury wakes to frost

20:04, Jul 03 2014
Snow in Springfield
SNOW FUN: Cairns tourists Mary-Jane Scully, formerly from Christchurch, and her sons Finn, 5, and Paddy, 7, celebrate snow in Springfield.

Canterbury has woken to a bitterly cold morning. 

MetService said the air temperature in Christchurch felt like -4 degrees Celsius at 7.15am. 

The actual temperature is -1.7C and there is a moderate frost. 

MetService forecasted a fine start to the weekend after a week of bad weather and snow in some areas.

A severe weather watch for most of the South Island has been lifted, with skifields celebrating a nice early-season dump of snow earlier in the week.

However, the NZ Transport Agency was still advising caution for motorists who may encounter icy roads, especially in North Canterbury and Lewis Pass. Chains would be required in Lewis Pass.

Milford Rd and Arthur's Pass are also expecting more snow today. 

Police said traffic was flowing normally across Canterbury with no delays.


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