More snow predicted to hit Queenstown


More snow is on the cards for Queenstown this week as thousands of winter revellers hit the resort.

After a dusting of snow that fell on Arrowtown and Arthurs Point early this morning – brought by a cold front with a southwest flow – the MetService is predicting the mountains will get a decent top-up over the next few days.

Snow is forecast tomorrow in the west and a few snow showers in the east of the Southern Lakes, meteorologist Stephen Glassey says.

“On Wednesday there’ll be snow showers about the headwaters and Lake Wakatipu, gradually turning to rain below 700m. On Thursday, snow or sleet showers become widespread for a time in the morning, then becoming scattered about Lake Wakatipu and then clearing further north,” he says.

Snow could also fall in lower-lying areas around Queenstown over the next three days, Glassey adds.

The weather couldn’t come at a better time, as thousands of people are in the resort for Winter Festival, and many more due to arrive with the start of the school holidays next week.

Overnight, The Remarkables reported a 10cm snowfall, while Coronet Peak says they got 5cm of fresh snow.