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Southerners enjoying recent spring-like conditions are in for a reminder that it's still winter, with snow forecast in some places heading into Friday.
MetService says a series of fronts and troughs in the south Tasman Sea is expected to move over southern and central New Zealand during today and Friday, bringing periods of heavy rain, possible thunderstorms and snow to some areas.
The forecaster says rainfall could come close to warning amounts in Fiordland, Westland, Buller and northwest Nelson, while snow is predicted to about 700m in Otago.
MetService advises that snow could settle on the Lindis Pass (State Highway 8), Porters Pass (State Highway 73), the Crown Range Road and the Milford Road (State Highway 94) from early on Friday until about midday.
The wintry conditions are expected to clear in most places, making for a fine weekend.
The Milford Road is closed today owing to heavy rain and an increasing avalanche risk.