Loading box – MetService has updated its snow forecast which now shows it will drop 200 meters on Sunday over most of Otago, and is expected to continue until the most of Monday.
A MetService statement said heavy rain would bring heavy rain to many parts of New Zealand this weekend.
Meanwhile, a cold front is expected to move into the country from the southwest on Sunday and Monday, bringing snow down to low levels in the south and east. of the South Island.
Meanwhile, high winds have created dangerous driving conditions in parts of the South, closing a state highway in the Southland, while power outages are reported in many parts of Central Otago from afternoon and Berwick near Dunedin tonight.
Aurora Energy said an outage was reported on the Berwick/Maungatua Rd after power lines went down at around 8.15pm and power was expected to be restored on Saturday morning.
MetService has forecast westerly winds of up to 130km/h in exposed areas of Southland, as well as Stewart Island, Fiordland and Otago until 11pm tonight.
State Highway 97 (Mossburn to Lowther) in Southland was closed at 2.55pm today after strong winds sent a camper van and a car crashing and trees down the road. road No one was hurt. The road was reopened at 6.35pm as the winds subsided.
A strong northwesterly wind of 57kmh with gusts of up to 130kmh hit Wanaka, forcing the Cardrona Alpine Resort to close their lifts at around 1.35pm. MetService said Wanaka Airport recorded its strongest wind gust since records began of 115km/h.
It snows on Sunday
On Sunday, Dunedin, Mosgiel, Middlemarch, Waitati, Clutha, Te Anau, Wanaka, Queenstown and Alexandra can expect rain to develop in the morning, with snow falling to 200 metres.
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On Monday, all but Clutha and Te Anau can expect cloudy conditions, with light rain or snow up to 200 metres, and easterlies.
Temperatures are forecast to fall below -3degC and highs are not expected to reach double digits until late next week, a MetService spokesman said.
“While this snow will affect the roads and cause problems, it is unlikely that much snow will accumulate.”
He urged residents to consult their local forecasters for more information.
It’s a lot
Forecasts of heavy rain, sweltering temperatures and “significant snowmelt” have prompted MetService to warn of rapid rise in rivers and streams in the Otago and Canterbury regions.
A MetService spokesman said a front of strong winds and northwesterly moisture would move northeast over the South Island today and tomorrow, bringing heavy rain to the west and head of the Otago and Canterbury lakes and rivers.
Heavy “snowfall” is likely and the dry level is expected to be between 2300m and 2400m, the statement said.
Orange warnings have been issued for the area.
In the head of Otago’s lakes and rivers, up to 220mm of rain is expected across the region, with up to 90mm within 25km east of the region between 5pm tonight and with 6am tomorrow. High numbers of up to 25mmh are expected depending on the category. The same amount of rain and high temperatures are expected at the head of Canterbury’s lakes and rivers, between 8pm tonight and 11am tomorrow.
In Fiordland, up to 250mm of rain and thunderstorms could fall by 6am tomorrow.
Heavy rains can cause rivers and streams to rise quickly. The surface can also be flooded and slippery and the driving style can be dangerous.
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