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Brief Return to Wintry Weather

Issued at 12:20pm 30 August 2011
Brief Return to Wintry Weather

Even through there are signs of spring about, winter is not quite over yet.

"The cold front which sweeps across the South Island during Thursday is expected to bring a short but sharp return to wintry weather with it," commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "Some snow is likely to near sea level over Southland and Otago during Thursday, and at least moderate falls to low levels are expected in Canterbury and on the Kaikoura Coast overnight Thursday. During Friday, snow may fall to around 300-500 metres over the south of the North Island.

McDavitt pointed out that, although this cold outbreak is unlikely to be as severe as mid-August's, it is occurring further into the lambing season. "The snow is more likely to be wet than dry, and this, combined with the wind-chill, is stressful to new-born livestock."

MetService is forecasting clearing conditions for the weekend, along with some frosty mornings.

Snow on roads is likely to disrupt transport. Some South Island alpine passes in the South Island are likely to be affected on Thursday, while on Friday some of the higher North Island roads might be briefly affected. Stay up to date with the latest severe weather information at metservice. com, or for mobiles, at


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