8.50am: Snow update

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Heavy snow has been falling since about 4am in Queenstown this morning, leaving parts of the resort without power.

Up to 15 cms of snow has settled on the ground in some of the resort’s suburbs.

Spring flurry: About 3 inches fell in Lakes Hayes Estate, while about 6 inches (15cm) fell in other suburbs

Wakatipu High School, various primaries including Queenstown Primary, are closed, along with numerous day care centres.

Buses, however, are running although there were delays on the number 2 and 3 routes, Arthurs Point to Arrowtown and Kelvin Heights to Frankton Flats respectively. Suburbs, including Lake Hayes Estate and Fernhill, are accessible by car at the moment, although Glenorchy-Queenstown Road is closed from Bob’s Cove due to a fallen tree and damaged powerlines.

The Crown Range is now chains to be fitted from Chain Bay 1 and Chain Bay 7. A number of cars already stranded up the top.

All flights scheduled to arrive of depart at Queenstown Airport are cancelled, although the airport itself is open.

A 08.10am update from the airport reads: “Snow continues to fall causing delays and cancellations. Please contact your airline for more information. The airport is open however snow is covering the parking sensors giving inaccurate readings – we do have parking spaces.”
The Remarkables skifield is also closed, while Coronet Peak is on hold due to a power outage. A power line is believed to have come down in Arthurs Point.

Snowy: Shotover Bridge this morning