Snow blankets mountains, delights Queenstown tourists

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Queenstown has woken to a healthy dumping of unseasonal snow on its surrounding mountains today.

After several days of heavy rainfall, a south-west change last night brought snow down to low levels, blanketing The Remarkables and Coronet Peak ski fields.

Local weather guru David Crow, who has been studying Queenstown’s weather for 50 years, says: “In January I’ve seen the snow as low before but not as thick. It was a very heavy fall of snow, down to about 1000m.”

Since 8pm on New Year’s Eve to 1am today, Queenstown received 65.1mm of rain – 10.5mm short of the average rainfall for January, Crow says.

The unseasonal snow has delighted tourists in the resort, with hundreds queuing up at Skyline Gondola this morning to take photos of the mountains.