Snow and showers for Labour Day
Canterbury motorists have been warned to take care on the roads as snow and showers hit the region.
The bad weather predicted for the long weekend has arrived, bringing potentially treacherous conditions for drivers.
A police spokesman said he was not aware of any significant traffic issues caused by the weather, but he cautioned drivers to take care.
Ali Jones confirmed snow was falling in Methven after a fine day yesterday.
"We were in warm sun yesterday at the rodeo; now it's all quiet ,with big flakes of snow coming down," she said.
"The kids are loving it - me too actually. We are off to make a snow angel."
Today's early downpour in Christchurch was likely to ease to showers over the rest of the day, MetService said.
Duty forecaster Ian Gall said there was a "reasonably solid block" of rain in Christchurch and much of Canterbury.
There had been snow to 200 metres in some parts of the region, with 10 to 15 centimetres expected to settle on the top of Porters Pass.
Gall said the rain would ease to showers over the rest of the day and mostly clear overnight, with isolated showers on parts of the coast by tomorrow morning.
There would still be a cold start to Tuesday, with frosts in some inland areas and clear skies, he said.
Elsewhere in the country, there were some cold showers in parts of Westland and Buller, as well as further south.
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- The Press