Flooded highways have cut Dunedin off from the north and
civil defence authorities say homes in the Waitaki may have
to be evacuated with rivers running at record highs.
Persistent heavy rain is causing traffic chaos in
A mild winter is being forecast for Otago and Southland.
The temporary freezing of Dunedin's economy in this week's
snowfall has cost the city ''upwards of $10 million'', Otago
Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie says.
Many Otago residents awoke this morning to find a thick blanket of snow.
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Freezing weather is due to hit the South Island and parts of
the North Island, WeatherWatch warns.
The heavy downpours which have brought flooding to parts of
Auckland and Wellington have not hit farming areas most
desperate for rain, Federated Farmers says.
The first significant snowfall of the year is predicted for
Otago and Southland tomorrow.
Strong winds buffeting Southland and Otago are beginning to
ease, as the wild weather makes its way up to Canterbury.
Thunderstorms, heavy rain and gale force winds are likely to
hit the South Island's West Coast this weekend.
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