Snow on skifields, more expected

PHOTO: CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT
PHOTO: CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT
Winter has came slightly early for southern skifields.

Cardrona, Treble Cone and The Remarkables all woke to find fresh snow on the mountains yesterday — and a forecast indicating more is coming.

At Cardrona Alpine Resort (pictured above), about 10cm fell yesterday. Communications executive Jen Houltham said more was forecast from tomorrow night.

At Queenstown’s The Remarkables ski area, about 1cm had settled at the base by about 10am. Ski area manager Ross Lawrence said up to 15cm more was forecast to fall by this morning.

Cardrona is scheduled to open on June 12, followed by Coronet Peak on June 19. The Remarkables and Treble Cone are both scheduled to open on June 26.

As well as snow in the South, stormy weather on the West Coast has brought thunder and lightning. A total of 541 strikes have been recorded near or above the area since Monday. Heavy rain watches were in place for the ranges of Buller and Westland, from Otira northwards.

MetService said more bad weather was on the way for the South. Northwest gales are forecast for Fiordland, Southland and Clutha tomorrow, extending to Otago on Friday. 

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