Icy wind but SC avoids snowfall

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 09/08/2014

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Wild weather hit Mt Dobson with a vengeance yesterday.

Mt Dobson skifield owner-operator Peter Foote said the field was closed yesterday due to wind gusts of 180kmh.

"It was minus 8 degrees Celsius here today but with a wind chill factor of -20C.

"If we opened people would have frozen," he said.

Despite the extreme conditions, he was hopeful of a good weekend up the mountain.

Meanwhile the rest of South Canterbury was forecast to see temperatures drop below freezing last night.

MetService meteorologist John Law said cold and clear conditions were expected for South Canterbury.

"You are looking at minus 3 degrees Celsius. A cold night to come but a decent day again tomorrow," he said.

Waimate had a small amount of snow yesterday.

Studholme resident Rory Foley could see a light dusting on Mt Studholme down to the foothills.

"There is a southerly out there, so it's bitterly cold," he said.

Timaru residents woke to a blue sky, but those up in the early hours of yesterday experienced the wintry weather.

Danielle Hodges, who works at Caltex on Hilton Highway, said it was hailing from about 3.30am to 3.45am.

Fairlie man Darryl Stead said it had been much of the same at the inland town.

"It's pretty good at the moment, actually; blue skies over Mt Dobson and a light breeze," he said.

Ohau Lodge and Skifield owner-operator Mike Neilson said it had been clear for most of yesterday.

"We have had a little bit of snow falling but clear skies.

"A sun-snow shower. Very, very light and cold," he said.

Meanwhile Roundhill ski area manager Simon Murrell said it had been cold and a little bit windy.

"Should be fine and clear for the weekend.

"Great skiing and riding conditions," he said.

Mt Cook visitor centre ranger Adriana Rogowski said there had been some light snowfalls during the day.

"It has been a sunny day so far, just icy weather conditions," she said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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