Flurries forecast for South Island

MYLES HUME
Last updated 09:21 16/07/2014
Christchurch frost
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BITTERLY COLD: A cyclist braves a frosty commute in Hagley Park yesterday morning.

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A wintry blast has hit Christchurch this morning, with the MetService warning of snowfall down to 700 metres.

Banks Peninsula received 12 millimetres of rain overnight, while 4mm fell in Christchurch with showers forecast for today and tomorrow. 

Temperatures are expected to reach a cool 9 degrees Celsius into tomorrow, but the forecast is fine for Friday and Saturday.

However the weather will take a turn on the weekend with downpours expected for Sunday.

MetService spokesman John Law said snow was expected to fall down to 700m, and warned South Island motorists to take care.

Snow showers are expected on Lewis Pass, with 2cm to 4cm of snow accumulating above 700m from 7am to 10pm today.

A similar amount of snow is also expected above 700m at Porters Pass today.

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