Snow storm starts to crank up

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Snow showers, some heavy, are affecting parts of Southland and Otago as a polar outbreak finally gets underway says

Parts of Dunedin and Queenstown have received snow with most reports of heavy snow coming from around Dunedin.

Invercargill has had a few flurries but so far our southern most city has avoided the bulk of the snow.

Antarctic blast kicks off in deep south

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The start of what will be at least four very wintry days ahead has arrived in the South Island's deep south tonight reports New Zealand's weather news authority

Hail and showers have been reported in Southland with the first of what will be several cold fronts, each colder than the last, currently moving across Otago.

Timeline - When the worst will hit

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These are the current timing estimates for the coldest weather in the regions most exposed to this wintry blast.  This information is based on current data as of 12noon Saturday and may change.  It's important to note that the system that is bringing this southerly is yet to properly develop - it is being created today and tomorrow.  Compiled by weather analyst

A powerful snow storm - but are we sure about it?

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Head weather analyst Philip Duncan takes a very close look at the incoming snow storm, explaining how forecasters use models, and why predicting this possibly historic storm has been so tricky. 

Weather Video: Get ready for blizzard conditions

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Philip Duncan and bring you the very latest on the incoming snow storm - who is most exposed, why it's forming, and your travel conditions for Monday.

For text descriptions of what is in this video please see the stories on our homepage.

Significant NZ snow storm looking likely

Filed in: forecasters have increasing confidence of an incoming significant snow storm, especially for central parts of New Zealand as an extensive polar blast lines up for Sunday through to Wednesday across the country.

The weather news authority expects widespread travel problems and snow again falling in places that don't normally see it.

Antarctic blast heads towards NZ

Another Antarctic blast is coming towards New Zealand setting in across the deep south tonight and moving north during Sunday says

Readers' Snow Photos (20)

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Here are 20 photos from across New Zealand showing snowmen, kids playing in the snow, pets looking curious, gardens covered in white and roads covered in snow.

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So NZ...who has snow falling at their place?!

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We want to hear from everyone who has snow falling at their place today (or yesterday!).

Please let us know the following - to help us (and other readers) get a clear idea as to where the snow is:

Weather Video - Snow Storm Update

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#snownz - The latest on this big developing story from Philip Duncan and