Sth Canty shivers in cold snap
It might be spring, but winter is still making its presence felt across South Canterbury.
Federated Farmers provincial president of South Canterbury Ivon Hurst said the cold snap would be a concern to some farmers in the high country, particularly those who were in the middle of lambing.
''Lambs don't like the cold, but if they can survive the first 24 hours they can survive most situations.''
Federated Farmers high country committee member Andrew Simpson said he would be surprised if farmers had been severely affected by the cold snap.
''It might have been a bit hard on some newly born lambs - that would be about it.''
However, he said lambing was not due to start until next week. ''Some may have already started, but there won't be many dropping yet.''
While it was still substantially cold across South Canterbury, the worst affected areas were expected to be North Canterbury, Marlborough and Nelson.
''They are expecting to take more of a hammering than we are,'' Mr Hurst said.
Snow was falling in Tekapo this morning, settling in some parts. However, Mt Cook Village had narrowly escaped the snow, with it falling just shy of the village, a resident said, mid morning.
Roads in Tekapo were not affected by the snow, a police spokesman said. ''It has settled, but [it has] not settled on the roads.''
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