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Another Early Taste of Winter

Issued by MetService at 12:21pm 10-May-2006

Another Early Taste of Winter

MetService meteorologists have issued a snow warning for the Otago highlands, the Milford Road and Lindis Pass. A low-pressure system is forecast to deepen as it crosses the South Island on Thursday, bringing thundery and squally showers to the North Island and leading in a cold southerly outbreak for Fiordland, Southland and Otago.

"The frontal rain band is expected to wrap around the centre of this low,"
commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "This will bring a combination of chilly wind and rain to Southland and Otago on Thursday morning and later on to Canterbury."

Up to twenty centimetres of snow are forecast in the Otago high country down to the 1000-metre altitude level with lesser amounts settling maybe down to 500 metres.

"We had a similar event on the 26th of April, but this time the system is not as moist so may not deliver as much rain or snow. Even so, the snow may pose problems to farmers with high-country stock, and may affect mountain travel."

These warnings are open for review and the latest updates will be sent to the media and posted on the MetService website.

ENDS

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