Weather good news for skiers

Skiers will rejoice — another blanket of snow is expected for the lower South Island at the end of the working week.

A MetService spokesman said a front was expected to cross the lower South Island today, followed by another front which swiftly moves over the South Island tomorrow bringing strong cold southwesterlies.

The front is also expected to bring a burst of heavy rain to western parts of the South Island, and snow is possible down to 400m in parts of the south of the South Island late tomorrow and Friday.

This would affect the higher roads and passes. However, warning amounts of snow were not expected at this stage.

He said there was a possibility of warning amounts of rain for Fiordland, Westland (south of Otira) and the Southern Alps tomorrow; and severe northwest gales for parts of Southland, Otago and Canterbury High Country.

On Friday and early Saturday, there was also a possibility of severe west to southwest gales for southeastern parts of Southland, Clutha and Dunedin.

The strong southwesterlies were expected to ease on Saturday, leaving mainly fine clear weather for most of Otago and Southland, he said.

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