Wind, rain and possibly snow to hit South over weekend

A front bringing severe winds followed by the possibility of heavy snow above 400m is expected to bring the South's run of good weather to an end this weekend.

The MetService has weather watches and warnings in place for the weekend as a front, preceded by strong northerlies, is expected to sweep across the country tomorrow.

MetService said the heaviest rain was expected in Fiordland north of Doubtful Sound, and Westland south of Otira, where heavy rain warnings were in place from 9pm tonight to 9pm tomorrow.

Strong wind warnings were also in force for Fiordland and the Canterbury High Country for parts of tomorrow and Sunday.

The front was also expected to bring strong winds to Otago and Southland, where a severe wind watch was in place from 1pm tomorrow to 2am Sunday.

A heavy rain watch was also in place for the Otago and Canterbury headwaters south of Arthurs Pass from 11am to 5pm tomorrow and accumulations could approach warning levels within 15km east of the main divide.

The northerly front was expected to be followed by a westerly change on Sunday and Monday, which brings with it a low chance of heavy rain and heavy snow above 400m in the southern part of the South Island.

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