CNN uses snow storm coverage

UPDATED 7:33pm -- CNN International is this afternoon and evening providing indepth forecasts about New Zealand - using some of the photos and news stories provided by and our readers.

CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri told viewers around the world "Our friends from - one of the great meteorological services out there in New Zealand provid

Snow showers heading to Auckland, serious snow for Canterbury

Filed in: forecasters - who have exclusively been predicting snow flakes in Auckland most of today - say a new band of snow showers is about to descend on the city this evening.

The forecast says there is a "high risk" of a few snow flakes across the city to sea level while snow may settle at 100 or 200 metres.  The new band of showers is expected to start around 8 or

Snowfall traps 100 motorists

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Snow falling across the country has trapped about 100 people in their cars north of Wellington and made roads impassable around the capital and Dunedin.

A polar blast sweeping up the country, this afternoon brought snow to the South and lower North Island and conditions are expected to get worse overnight.

Snow falls in Wellington, could Auckland be next?

Filed in: is receiving numerous reports of snow falling, and settling, in some parts of Wellington city this afternoon.

The latest surge of cold air has also brought snow into parts of Canterbury but, for the most part, Christchurch has been sheltered from the snow - but that is going to change as winds shift more south to south east on Monday.

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.