Cold front for the South Island

  • 15/07/2016
Skiers enjoying fresh snow at Porters in Canterbury (Supplied)
Skiers enjoying fresh snow at Porters in Canterbury (Supplied)

A cold front is moving up the South Island bringing snow for ski fields, but wet weather for the West Coast.

State Highway 6 from Fox Glacier to Haast on the West Coast has reopened after a slip on the road closed it early on Friday morning.

It comes as more heavy rain and thunderstorms battered the West Coast overnight.

The New Zealand Transport Agency says the slip was at Black Creek, but it has since been cleared. 

Meanwhile, a cold front is moving over the South Island, with a southwest change moving up the east coast, bringing cold temperatures.

Dunedin has had a cold and windy morning with showers. The front is expected to hit Christchurch late morning.

MetService has forecasted snow down to 400m for Fiordland and 500m for Southland.

SH94 (Milford Rd) between Te Anau and Milford Sound reamins closed due to snow.

Snow warnings are in place for Lindis Pass, Arthur's Pass and Lewis Pass.

The ski fields will be thanking Mother Nature however, with Cardrona reporting 35cm in the past 48 hours, although its lifts are currently on hold due to wind.

An extra 18cm on the Home Basin at Treble Cone means all hands are on deck to get it open for Saturday.

The Remarkables had 15cm overnight and the chairlifts are running, but skiers are being warned to wrap up warmly.

Across the valley, Coronet Peak has 15cm of new snow and is hoping to open the Greengates Express chair today.

In Canterbury, Mt Hutt has 10cm of new snow and have called a "sneaky" powder day.

Porters ski field has 15cm of fresh snow and blue skies today. Its Easy Rider chair, platter and magic carpet are all open.