Heavy rain, wind on way for parts Canterbury as front moves through

Some unsettled weather looks to be on the way for the South Island, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and the chance of thunderstorms in some places.

MetService has heavy rain warnings in place for the Canterbury headwaters south of Arthur's Pass, Fiordland and the Otago headwaters.

A heavy wind watch is in place for the Canterbury high country and foothills, with northwest winds expected to approach "severe gale in exposed places".

The forecaster says an active trough, preceded by a strong and moist northwest flow, will move over southern New Zealand tomorrow.

The trough is expected to bring some heavy rain to western parts of the South Island, and strong to gale-force northwest winds in exposed parts of central and southern New Zealand.

The front could also bring thunderstorms to parts of Canterbury, Southland and Otago tomorrow. 

More settled conditions are expected from Wednesday.

The Milford Road (SH94) has been closed on Monday due to increased avalanche risk. Photo: MILFORD...
The Milford Road (SH94) has been closed on Monday due to increased avalanche risk. Photo: MILFORD ROAD/ NZTA

Milford Road closed 

The Milford Road on State Highway 94 is closed from the  East Gate (Hollyford) to West Gate (Chasm) from 4.30pm today, as volatile was weather expected to increase the avalanche hazard. It was at moderate risk this afternoon.

Milford Road advised that the road was expected to re-open by mid-morning tomorrow.

Rain with heavy falls and thunderstorms were possible today, while tomorrow was expected to bring showers and a low risk of snow. More snow was forecast for Friday and Saturday.

The Hollyford road is open to the Airstrip and the remaining end section of road was due to open by Friday.

 

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