Heavy snowfall hits southern New Zealand

A decent amount of snow fell on some southern areas as a cold front moved across the South Island. During the 24 hours through Tuesday night, most of the heavy snow fell in the Canterbury area.

Arrowsmith, Ragged and Palmer Ranges lead the way with 62 centimeters of new snow. The Roundhill ski area in Tekapo received 50 cm, the Heliski area in Mt. Cook received 40 cm, the Temple Basin ski area near Arthurs Pass received 20 cm, Ōhau received 15 cm, Porters received 10 cm, Treble Cone in Wanaka received 7 cm, and Broken River received 5 cm.

Some areas of Christchurch received between 15 mm and 30 mm of rain between midnight and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, with wind speeds as high as 70 km/h, said MetService meteorologist Alvin Bakker. At Mt. Sugarloaf in Port Hills, wind gusts reached 100 kph.

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