Heavy snow fell overnight in the southern half of the South Island to fairly low levels, with estimates putting it as low as just 400 metres.
The heavy snow came from a cold front crossing New Zealand. While the temperature drop isn’t much for northerners, it was significant for southerners that a week ago were nearly at 30 degrees C.
The coldest air is now shifting away from the country with a milder Thursday coming for the south – but another colder day on Friday may see a few lighter snow flurries on the ranges.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says snow in November does happen from time to time as we’re still only around the halfway mark of spring.
(cold air high up in the atmosphere today shifts east of NZ)
â€” blake newport (@blakers_newport) November 7, 2017
â€” Alison Deaker (@AlisonDeaker) November 7, 2017
â€” Blocka (@blairdrysdale77) November 7, 2017
It did say one stage last night to 400m, hmmm we are 200m pic.twitter.com/ISXsBBPVBF
â€” Sharon Paterson (@Dayzie72) November 7, 2017
Come skiing Coronet looks nicely covered. pic.twitter.com/Cz48ZpF6Fs
â€” Honky Tonk Woman â˜•ï¸ (@TonkWoman) November 7, 2017
â€” Olivia Ross (@rossag4life) November 7, 2017
â€” Katrina Thomas (@katrinathomas67) November 7, 2017
â€” Bruce (@fairleigh_ag) November 7, 2017
on 7/11/2017 9:24pm
This happened back in 2012 back then it was noted as being the biggest fall in November in 20 years. We had a great summer that year although it wasn’t without the usual southerly changes.
on 7/11/2017 9:36pm
Thanks for the update and info Kylie, really interesting!