Wind batters Mackenzie District
Wind gusts of up to 164 kilometres an hour have battered parts of the Mackenzie District this morning, but no damage has been reported.
Mt Dobson owner Peter Foote said exposed parts of the ski field had been hit hard by strong gusts, causing snow drifts over part of the access road.
The ski field is closed today due to the ''extreme'' wind, with initial reports that gusts had reached 130kph. However, Mr Foote said the winds were nothing unusual.
''We've had winds like this before.''
The ski field got 10 centimetres of snow earlier in the week, however Mr Foote said despite the windy conditions, he did not expect it all to disappear any time soon.
He said the only problem the wind had caused was snow drifts.
Winds were not as severe in other parts of the Mackenzie District, including Mt Cook National Park and Mt John.
University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory resident superintendent Alan Gilmore said gusts had reached 90kph, which was nothing out of the ordinary and not enough to cause any damage.
''We're well used to those sorts of winds.''
He said apart from the wind, it was a ''lovely sunny day'', with a temperature of 11 degrees celsius.
''If you discount the wind-chill factor, it's not too bad at all.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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