Very cold conditions will continue today as winds from the
Antarctic continue to whip through Dunedin.
Snow on the hills, sleety showers and frigid winds meant the
temperature felt like 0degC or lower yesterday, although the
official city high was 5.9degC.
MetService meteorologist Elke Louw said yesterday snow
showers down to about 200m were expected last night and would
Along with high winds, the snow was likely to disrupt travel
on Dunedin's northern motorway this morning, she said.
Temperatures were predicted to stay in single figures and
remain sub-zero in exposed places in the city today.
Inland, occasional snow showers were expected with similarly
Snow and ice continued to affect State Highway 94, Mossburn
to Te Anau, and State Highway 6, Kingston to Lumsden, late
The special weather advisory issued on Sunday was upgraded to
a severe weather watch yesterday as the MetService predicted
the Antarctic southerly flow would remain in place for the
rest of the week.
Significant snowfalls of 10cm to 15cm above about 300m over
southern Fiordland, Southland and Otago and lesser amounts
down to near sea level, were expected, the warning said.
''This snow is also likely to be accompanied by strong
south-erly winds about the hills which could produce
blizzard-like conditions and deeper snow drifts in some
The snow level should rise to 800m by tonight.
Ms Louw said the weather was expected to improve on Thursday,
with clear skies and frost expected, but another southerly
front was predicted to hit by the weekend.
''Winter has finally arrived.''