Cold snap brings snow to Sth Canty

00:30, Jan 03 2013
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FROSTING: Snow on the hills around Timaru on January 3, 2012.

The Hunter Hills wore a dusting of snow this morning, and travellers were reportedly abandoning cars in mountain passes after a significant snowfall in the high country overnight.

Temperatures dipped to a chilly 6 degree C overnight in the Timaru area, with snowfalls in higher elevations nearby.

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FROSTING: Snow on the hills around Timaru on January 3, 2012.

In central Otago this morning, an operation is underway to get people out of the Lindis Pass after a heavy snowfall.

Several cars had to be abandoned in the area and a police communications spokesman said the snow meant it was slow going on State Highway 8.

Yesterday flooding closed sections of State Highway 73 from Cass through Arthur's Pass to Otira. The highway remained closed this morning.

Rivers continued rising into the early evening, with the Rangitata's flow peaking at more than 2000 cumecs around 6.45pm, according to river flow data published by ECan.

Additional rain could move through South Canterbury today, according to MetService data, but the weather is expected to clear into tomorrow with the heaviest falls already past.

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