Wed, 06 Jun 2012 8:14a.m.
Barry and Tracey sent in this photo of their son skiing in Ashburton (iWitness)
Snow in Ashburton (Shawn Driscoll)
Christchurch Cathedral in the city's Red Zone is blanketed in snow (Luke Simpson)
Snow in Mt Somers today (Madeleine Brown)
Christchurch's Red Zone is covered in snow (Luke Simpson)
Snow falling in Christchurch's eastern suburbs (Sam)
'Gnomeo' covered in snow (Greg Windsor)
Ayr St, Riccarton (Greg Windsor)
'Snoopy' enjoying her first snow (Trevor Foster)
Iced strawberries! (Bojana Meduric)
Snow in Christchurch (Bojana Meduric)
Larry the Bernese mountain dog at Mt Algidus Station (Jane Smiley)
Horses Molly and Sofie at the National Equestrian Academy in Rangiora (Emma Patterson)
Six-month-old Talan Stewart from Rangiora, enjoying his first snow day (Tania Stewart)
Luke Flower decided to shed his clothes and have a seat on a snow couch he made (Samantha Flower)
The first wintry polar blast is lashing the country - closing roads and schools in the South Island.
The Lewis Pass and Porters Pass are shut, as is State Highway 8 between Fairlie and Twizel.
Snow is falling in Christchurch - and a number of schools in northern Canterbury have closed.
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