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Discussion in 'Alpine & Snow' started by Draizuh, Apr 30, 2016.
Was hoping and predicted for 50cms on Friday alone. But will take what we can get this year!!!!
Another fizzer. Cold, no moisture.
Speak for yourself! Way more moisture than we need here...
One of my best powder days ever at TC today
Not the deepest but so fun, we were some of the first 30 odd ppl into the saddle this morning. Was pretty quiet all day. Cleared up nicely later too.
Not Soho. Traversing hard left from to top of the lift can take you over the ridge into nice open powder fields. Then funnels into a small valley where you can eventually stop and hike/climb up just nearby the cafe (or you can traverse out earlier)
For some reason I took this photo. The little towers of piled up rocks guide you there. (In foreground)
I went to porters today. Did loops on Bluff face which had about 20-30cm fresh snow. It was pretty good but still needs more snow. Should be at least +10cm tonight I would think. Looks like it will snow on and off until Sunday morning.
Looks like your having a horrible time.
Ahh, that one is called hidden valley
Hah. Yeah looks wet there. 5mm wetter in mosgiel???
That big spinning beast out in the tasman looks like its drawing moisture over from the pacific via dunnas. Its bone dry up here.. not even that cold...
Looks like Middlemarch is copping the snow
Fizzer ? Yeah right, going to Wanaka tomorrow hopefully not via Cromwell.
Well considering they were forecasting 30cm above 400cm and its not snowing nor raining id call it a fizzer
Crowded carpark, not, very jelly. My hand now gives me a permanent reminder of dropping off the cat track to Big Mammas in low tide last year.
Hutt was great yesterday and its looking like being a great day up there today when they get the road cleared
Hutt reporting 15cm this morning....the rain radar looks like another 10cm possible
Not sure if there has been much snow in Queenstown/wanaka area overnight? Doesn't seem like it. (Edit) TC claiming 10cm. Cardrona a light dusting.
Ohau looks nice today
second that. was one of the best days I have had at Mt Hutt, bring on today!!
Looks like the whole system has been a bit slower than models suggested. But certainly we've not had anything like the snow that was forecast by Metservice for the Southern Lakes.
I might have missed something, but I read the warnings as referring to the Clutha and East Otago, rather than the Southern Lakes?
It's always going to be a big call for a SE to push low level snow right into Queenstown, and this system has ended up being more E on the coast. Super humid here, so the air probably hasn't cooled down as much as expected, but there looks to be a decent amount of snow above 450 odd m.
On way to Hutt now snow on the road from Glenroy and its dumping
The original severe weather outlook and subsequent warnings included Southern Lakes. This scenario can often generate quite heavy snow for the Wakatipu basin.
Up at Hutt now still waiting for lifts to open
There is at least 20-30 about the base area
Yeah Hutt have updated their report to 32cm
Sunshine in Christchurch now so it might clear up by 3pm or so.
They put prosciutto in my bacon buttie
I need to get more organized and pack my own lunch and stop paying through the nose for average quality food.
Very nice in Ohau today by the look of it
It will be a great day tomorrow up at Hutt a lot of ground was not available today so should be untouched. W
e left at 3.00 and it was still snowing
Its going to be cold this weekend.... i know @Centago will be watching the temps
Didn't get anywhere near the forecast minus 6 though last night, probably because of cloud cover. Metservice is saying minus 10 for Queenstown tonight, we shall see...
The media really go to town these days ramping up the extreme weather stories, they're not about to let the facts get in the way.
Mt. Hutt reporting +15cm....that makes it around +55cm so far. Looks like another +10 at least inbound by tomorrow from the look of the rain radar.
Agreed. I think that's the nature of the majority of news media these days - it's all about grabbing attention/clicks in a saturated market. That said there have been bugger all if any low level snowfall events this winter (correct me if I'm wrong, I think Queenstown has had barely two lake-level events, one on 31 July that really was just a skiff, and then a couple days later another), this is Canterbury's first proper southerly/soueasterly outbreak for winter 2016, June was NZ's third-warmest on record, etc.. all in all, this event was always going to get puffed up by the media, particularly with the anticipated snowfall depths MetService were throwing out there in their warnings and watches which for the most part have not come to pass, particularly for the likes of the Southern Lakes, Southland and parts of Canterbury.
Yes @Draizuh the potential for super cold temps following this snowfall event was the story I thought/think will be more 'newsworthy'. As always, the combo of clear skies and snow on the ground should see the coldest temps. Anyone got any first-hand or second-hand obs of snow on the ground in the Mackenzie Basin and the Maniototo? I've seen pictures of a fairly decent dump of snow in Mt Cook Village and heard Glentanner have snow too, Lake Tekapo seems to have picked up a fair snowfall overnight. Would be interested to know about Twizel, Omarama, Ranfurly. @Red_switch any idea about Middlemarch?
Re: North Island. Good to note the fields there are going from strength to strength. 30 cm of fresh at Turoa overnight and there should be plenty more to come this weekend. Both Turoa and Whakapapa report snow bases exceeding 2 metres which bodes well for the remainder of the season, though Ruapehu can be a fickle beast so I won't hold my breath. Some relatively exceptional snowfall could settle in the ranges west of Hawke's Bay with MetService forecasting 50-80cm above 700m on top of what has already fallen. I guess some rare touring options could be a goer as a result!
Drove back to CHC through Tekapo, burkes pass etc and it was chucking down. Spent the night at Geraldine car covered in snow this morning and a pretty nightmarish drive at 4.30am trail breaking into heavy snow all the way down to Ashburton, (which is another type of nightmare)
Almost impossible to drive with high beam on as the incoming snow looked like an asteroid field from Starwars.
Pic below was around Burkes Pass
Plenty of snow around the Springfield Area http://www.glidingcanterbury.org.nz/weather-cam.aspx
Was snowing heavily from Kiriwee around late morning, but not settling around there.
There are also donuts in Springfield :
Mt. Hutt upgraded their report to 26cm so far today.....woohoo
Tekapo seemed to get a good dusting overnight. a mate was up there skiing with his son and there was about 55cm! nuts!
Was super cold at remarks yesterday, still cold today too.
Snow was unbelievable today.
So the heritage tow must have been on??
Ruapehu must be getting pasted, a friend posted video of it totally chucking down at Kinloch just west of Taupo. Family have had power cuts on and off today in Hastings and Napier as the exceptionally heavy snow in Hawke's Bay has brought down power lines.
SH5 The Napier to Taupo road is carnage. Will remain closed until this event is over.
looks like there are a few freshies at dobson
Crazy right?? I grew up in Taupo and i remember as a kid this ALWAYS happened in winter, doesnt seem to get as much snow these days...
They had flakes settling briefly in Taupo today too!
The Heritage rope tow is on a NW aspect and consequently gets slammed by the sun and wind, good for one day after a decent snow fall and that's it. Similar to Homeward at Remarks.
I'm currently in Fiordland. Where there is no shortage of snow.
Looking good in Canterbury now that it has cleared up. Sun, no wind and about 60cm fresh dry powder. Snow down low on the plains :
Possibly more snow for Canterbury on 15th and a couple of cm tomorrow.
Good video on stuff with footage of the snow in Cantebury
Peace Avenue Fairlie
Great day up at Porters again today. Was some good snow, but glad I took my rock hopper as what looked good had a few surprises underneath..... Unfortunately T2 broke down around lunch due to someone not getting off and pulling off the cable!! Apart from that they managed the crowds well. Have heard reports from Hutt that it was a bit of a nightmare with cars all over the road early and they shut the rd at 10.30 due to being at capacity. I suppose that's what happens if you sell 14000 season passes and they all turn up on the same day!!!
Any views on the Canterbury weather outlook for end of next week into following week (having issues with my snow-forecast subscription for the 9 day forecast) need to decide within next 3 days whether to book the annul craigieburn trip for 13th to 20th August or hold off until 27th August to 3rd September, looks like there is a nw system coming through on 12 th or 13th August - any views on freezing level - have had many trips to the clubbies where the nwestrly delivers the wrong type of precipitation. Thoughts appreciated. Cheers
Looks like something on Friday night up high. Maybe not very cold but hard to say. If it comes off could be 10-20cm for Canterbury.
Then I see a follow up system on Monday 15th. There is HEAPS of new snow at Mt. Hutt. I was there today and it was fully tracked out but found some untracked stuff out the back.
Snow still covers the plains below....not as much snow at Porters but thats still pretty good.
Should have been at Hutt last week, snow was awesome. just couldn't see it.
looking a bit better this morning. Lets hope its cold enough.