Monday, 10 September 2012, 1:55 pm Press Release: MetService
Big Spring chill
A major cold
outbreak is expected over New Zealand on Tuesday.
"The most wintry
conditions are likely to be over the south of the South
Island," commented MetService's Media and Communications
Meteorologist, Daniel Corbett. "Very strong cold showery
southwesterlies are expected to spread over Fiordland,
Southland and Otago overnight Monday, with snow falling to
sea level." These conditions could cause stress for
livestock without shelter and make driving difficult,
especially about the higher roads.
"Wind chill will be a
significant factor even in places where it doesn't snow,"
Corbett went on to say. "The "feels like" temperature will
be well below the actual temperature - partly because the
air will be very cold for the time of year, but also because
the winds are expected to be noticeably strong over a lot of
During Tuesday, the cold southwesterlies are
expected to spread over all of New Zealand, bringing snow
down to 500 metres or lower in eastern areas from Gisborne
to Canterbury, around the central North Island high country
across to Taranaki, and southwards to Wellington. In most
places snow is not likely to fall in large quantities, but
there may be enough to disrupt travel on some higher roads.
Many North Island places will continue to have strong or
westerlies for the next couple of days.
On Wednesday after
the showers have cleared, widespread frosts are likely just
about anywhere south of Auckland, with severe frosts
possible in inland parts of the South Island.
MetService issued a Severe Weather Warning, a Severe Weather
Watch and a Special Weather Advisory in anticipation of this
event. Keep up to date with the latest MetService
information at metservice.com or on mobile devices at
m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates
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