Snow is expected to fall to near sea level in the South on
Wednesday as a vigorous cold front makes its way up the
MetService said today the front is expected to reach the
lower South Island by midnight tomorrow, and move rapidly
north over the country on Wednesday.
During Wednesday and into early Thursday, cold, strong to
gale-force southerlies are expected to spread over the
country behind this front, bringing snow to low levels about
southern and eastern parts of the South Island and the lower
At this stage, significant accumulations of snow are expected
to be limited to the ranges and higher level roads of both
However, people living in parts of Southland, Clutha and
Dunedin should expect snow to near sea level on Wednesday.
From late on Wednesday until early Thursday, snow is expected
to fall to about 200 metres in Canterbury north of the Rakaia
River and southern Marlborough, with sleet or bitterly cold
rain to near sea level.
Over the North Island, temperatures are expected to become
significantly colder during Wednesday afternoon and evening,
especially about Wellington, Wairarapa and the central
plateau, with snow falling above 400 metres, and southerly
gales about Cook Strait.
Snow is likely to cause disruption to traffic, especially
about the higher level roads of both islands.
Farmers are advised that the combination of bitterly cold
southerlies, rain and snow, is likely to stress vulnerable