Snow showers to sea level and gale-force southwest winds are
predicted in Dunedin and Clutha today.
MetService issued a special weather advisory yesterday
warning that a very cold southwest flow will spread over
southern South Island areas today, bringing a brief return to
Meteorologist Dan corbett said snow showers were expected
down to 100m or 200m and sleety showers to sea-level this
''Although snowfalls are not expected to be heavy enough to
warrant a snow warning, 5cm to 10cm of snow may accumulate in
Southland, Clutha and Dunedin above about 200m.''
Southwest winds were likely to rise to gale force about the
coast and hilltops, with a temperature high of only 10degC
today and 11degC tomorrow.
Farmers and were advised to prepare for strong winds and
snowy conditions and shelter any vulnerable livestock. The
snow might also affect some roads in Southland and eastern
parts of Otago. Snow showers were expected to clear from all
areas tomorrow morning.
Thousands of Canterbury residents remain without power after
this week's severe storm, and some are unlikely to be
reconnected until next week, electricity supplier Orion says.
About 7000 customers were still without power yesterday after
2000 had their electricity restored overnight on Thursday.
Power had been restored to Orion's major rural substations
apart from one in Burnham.