After days of rain and warm temperatures, snow struck
southern skifields including Treble Cone (pictured) on Monday
night and more is forecast.
All southern skifields should be open before the weekend,
just in the nick of time for the school holidays.
The Remarkables Ski Field, above Queenstown, announced
yesterday it would open tomorrow and the Treble Cone Ski
Field, near Wanaka, announced it was
''tentatively''scheduling its opening day for Friday.
The Cardrona Alpine Resort and Coronet Peak are already open.
With the Australian school holidays already under way and the
New Zealand holidays starting at the weekend, Remarkables ski
area manager Ross Lawrence said the arrival of fresh snow
could not have been better timed.
The Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground on the Pisa Range
above the Cardrona Valley opened for the season at the
weekend and now has clients testing cars and tyres in winter
• The Central North Island skifields are likely to receive
between 20cm to 30cm of snow today, forecasters say.
MetService forecaster Allister Gorman said while it wasn't a
"big dumping" it would be welcome fresh snow for Turoa and
"The cold stuff is still to come on there. The freezing level
is likely to come down lower, down to 600 metres," he said.
It was currently at around 700 to 800 metres.
"It's down to zero at the top of the Desert Road.... it's
almost certainly snowing there already."
Up to 10cm could accumulate above 800 metres on the Desert
Road today, and lesser amounts would be seen down to 600
Auckland would have a typical "four seasons in one day" kind
of day, Mr Gorman said.
"It's going to be a windy day, and quite cold, similar
weather to what [Auckland] has been having recently. There'll
be some blue patches followed by really heavy showers coming
through with some hail and the odd clap of thunder."
The rest of the North Island would be having a similarly
unsettled day, he said.
Mr Gorman said Wellingtonians may be seeing a clear blue sky
this morning, but by lunchtime a strong southerly wind will
move in and bring wet weather with it. - APNZ