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Snow In February

21-Feb-2006

Snow In February

MetService meteorologists have added snow down to the 800 metre-level to the forecast for the Fiordland Mountains on Wednesday night. The snow is coming with a change to strong southwest winds on the heels of a cold front.

"This is an unseasonable change", commented MetService weather ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "Southland and Otago will bear the brunt of the outbreak later on Wednesday with squally thundery showers and some hail. It will feel a lot colder than what we are used to in February. The wind chill can pose problems to anyone caught unprepared in the open or tramping in the Southern Alps."

McDavitt added that the weather change will be welcome in Westport where the reservoirs are low and there have only been a few millimetres of rain in the past week.

The front responsible for this cold change belongs to a deep low-pressure system that will be passing by in the southern ocean on Wednesday and Thursday and directing sub-Antarctic chilled air onto New Zealand. Wind and showers may ease a little on Friday morning but another burst is expected over Southland and Otago on Friday night.

ENDS

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