19 May 2024

Snow dumps continuing in Canterbury

2:14 pm on 19 May 2024
The fire near Lake Pukaki near the foot of Aoraki/Mt Cook, in the Mackenzie Country, was contained after snow and heavy rain hit the area but could take months to fully extinguish. 2 September 2020

Snow is expected to keep falling in parts of southern Canterbury on Sunday morning at altitudes above 500m. File photo Photo: RNZ / Tess Brunton

Inland Canterbury areas have been covered in snow this morning.

A heavy snow warning is in place in inland Canterbury until 9am on Sunday.

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MetService meteorologist Mark Todd said while snow settled in parts of northern Southland and Central Otago on Saturday, it was Canterbury's turn overnight and Sunday morning.

A cold start to the day in Tekapo after an overnight dump of snow in south Canterbury on 19 May, 2024.

Snow on the ground in Tekapo on Sunday morning. Photo: Supplied / ScottyB

"Through to mid-morning we could see 15 to 20 centimetres of snow settling at altitudes above 500 metres in the southern parts of Canterbury south of the Rangitata River, including the Mackenzie Basin."

Todd said a decent amount of snow may also have settled on Lindis Pass.

MetService meteorologist Alwyn Bakker told RNZ while it was not unusual to see snow falling in the mountains in May, it was less usual to see it falling at lower altitudes.

Further west, the ranges of Westland District about and north of Mt Ward are subject to a heavy rain watch until midday.

The lowest temperature recorded this morning was in the Southland town of Lumsden, which was sitting at -3.2C.