Fine weather for most of the country today, a few scattered clouds otherwise clear

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett gives the latest update. Source: 1 NEWS

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Eleven Glenorchy homes still without power 48 hours after early spring snowfall

Some resident in Central Otago's Glenorchy are still without power 48 hours after a spring snowfall caused major disruptions in the deep south.

Eleven properties remains with power this morning.

Aurora Energy is hoping to have power restored to the area by this evening.

Around 360 households in the central Otago town are affected, with Aurora Energy hoping to have electricity back on by this evening. Source: Breakfast

In many places power was cut, schools were closed and flights cancelled. Source: 1 NEWS

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Readers' photo gallery: Early spring snow continues to wreak havoc in South Island

Snow warnings are in place, a section of State Highway 94 has been closed and households across central Otago remain without power as wild weather continues to batter the South Island this morning.

Fox Peak Ski Area near Fairlie was looking at a season without much snow, until last night. Source: 1 NEWS

Arrowtown saw an early spring snowfall overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Sophia Purdon

Around 500 households also remain without power across central Otago, including all of Glenorchy, Lower Shotover, Speargrass Flat, Arthurs Point, Alexandra, Tarras, Dalefield and Frankton.

Aurora is working to have power restored to the affected homes as soon as possible but it will take time to due to damaged power lines.

Usually snow is a good thing for a ski field, but it couldn’t clear the roads fast enough to open this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

Arrowtown. Source: Jesse Van Grinsven

Meanwhile, SH94 from Te Anau to Milford Sound has been closed this morning due to a high avalanche risk.

Queenstown. Source: Thomas Martin

An early spring dump of snow fell on Te Anau overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Alana Pullar

Arrowtown saw an early spring snowfall overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Sophia Purdon

Arrowtown. Source: Jess Van Grinsven

A heavy snow warning is in place on the Lindis Pass (SH8 Tarras to Omarama).

A snow warning remains in place for Crown Range Road, where up to an extra 3 centimetres of snow was expected overnight.

The Ministry of Education said they are unaware of any early childhood centres or school closures today.

Arrowtown saw an early spring snowfall overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Sophia Purdon

Source: James Penwell

Bridesdale Queenstown. Source: Kate Tonks

Te Anau. Source: Phillip Robertson

Snow on the Crown Range. Source: NZTA

View readers' photos from this week's big white out:

In many places power was cut, schools were closed and flights cancelled. Source: 1 NEWS


Over 1400 properties set to be without power overnight as Wakatipu region reels under Spring snow dump

More than 1400 properties are set to be without power in the Wakatipu area overnight after heavy snowfalls knocked down powerlines.

Aurora Energy says extreme weather conditions and difficulty of access is hampering restoration of power to affected customers, but power has been restored to more than 3000 customers during the course of the day.

Power remains out for 1436 people after heavy snowfall and the company says affected customers should prepare to be without power overnight. 

Areas affected are Fernhill, Lake Hayes and Gibbston Valley, Speargrass Flat and Lower Shotover,  Glenorchy, Dalefield and Queenstown's Littles Road.

Snow on the Crown Range. Source: NZTA

Line crews are working hard to restore power in challenging conditions as off road conditions are treacherous and tracks are hidden and very slippery, an Aurora spokesperson said this evening. 

Crews are still on site at Arrowtown, Dalefield, Queenstown and Frankton to repair faults caused by snow-load on trees and branches.

The safety of the public and line crews is of utmost importance at all times, the spokesperson said.

The public is being reminded to keep well clear of fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment and treat them as live at all times.

Arrowtown woke up to a thick blanket of snow as winter had one last blast for Otago.
Source: 1 NEWS