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Cardrona gets 20cm of summer snow

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/01/2017
Snow blankets Queenstown, as seen by one tourist © @jsilkstone Instagram Snow blankets Queenstown, as seen by one tourist

Summer activities have been cancelled at Cardrona after a huge dumping of snow brought by bad weather moving across the South Island.

The Cardrona Apline Resort says more than 20cm of snow fell on Saturday night with more expected throughout Sunday.

The MetService has forecast temperatures as low as -3C overnight with a maximum of just 4C on Sunday.

Southerly gales up to 90km/h are also set to hit the resort, near Queenstown.

Usual summer activities, including biking, carting and tubing, have been cancelled for the day as snow continues to fall.

The resort posted photos of the piling snow on its Facebook page, questioning whether it could be a summer snowfall record.

The photo attracted thousands of likes and comments, including some suggesting ski season start early.

Others complained there was more snow than in the UK and Canada, where it's currently winter.

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