Chilly Kiwis fed up with winter's icy temperatures can put
their woollies away for a while, as forecasters are
predicting a respite from the cold weather.
The cold snap has yet to fully release its grip on the South
and numerous roads are still closed owing to the pummelling
the region took over the last few days.
The worst of the snow is over but sub-zero temperatures are
expected in Otago at the weekend, bringing the risk of
widespread black ice.
Slips and road closures affected Dunedin and Otago as snow and heavy rain followed a severe southwesterly change.
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MetService has lifted its heavy snow warning for eastern
Otago, but snow and rain showers are likely during the next
Meteorologists are warning "the storm is still to come" as a
polar blast brings snow, rain and winds to the country this
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.
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