Cold, wet start to spring for South

Spring starts this weekend but it looks like a cool start to the season for southerners, with snow expected in some areas.

MetService says a front is forecast to move across the country on Sunday, bringing heavy rain to western parts of both islands. 

During Sunday and Monday, a showery and cold west to southwest flow could bring snow to about 400 metres over Southland and Otago. said the snow could affect the mountain passes on southern roads.

A deep low should pass to the south of the country during this time, and there is a chance of gales becoming severe about Southland, Clutha and Dunedin.

On Tuesday, a ridge develops over the lower South Island, while cold southerlies persist over central and northern New Zealand.



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