It’s about to get wet and wild for the week­end

The Southland Times - - Front Page -

Snow and show­ers were spread through­out South­land again yes­ter­day, and rain is set to dampen the re­gion over the week­end.

The day got off to a chilly start with wind gusts and rain for most parts, and snow above 200 me­tres in Fiord­land.

State High­way 94, Te Anau to Mil­ford Sound, was open but the NZ Trans­port Agency ad­vised driv­ers to take ex­tra care with the win­ter con­di­tions in place.

There was also a road warn­ing for SH1 from Gore to Dunedin be­cause of strong winds.

The heavy snow that hit north­ern South­land on Wednesday moved up the coun­try and Queen­stown had a dust­ing yes­ter­day.

Snow show­ers in the Lakes Dis­trict grad­u­ally cleared in the af­ter­noon and strong cold souther­lies eased in the even­ing.

To­day, In­ver­cargill is ex­pected to reach a high of just 11 de­grees Cel­sius, while other parts of South­land could have a chilly 9C.

South­land will be partly cloudy and there will be show­ers about the coast this morn­ing, spread­ing else­where in the af­ter­noon, and strong west­er­lies will grad­u­ally ease. To­mor­row will be cloudy with iso­lated show­ers, west­er­lies and a high of 10C.

Show­ers in In­ver­cargill will ease to­mor­row but it will re­main cloudy and the rain will re­turn on Mon­day.

Wind gusts up to 120kmh are also fore­cast for the Kaiko¯ura coast, Welling­ton and Taranaki.

In Can­ter­bury yes­ter­day, snow fell in parts – 30cm was ex­pected to ac­cu­mu­late above 500 me­tres, with lesser amounts down to about 300m.

To­day should see signs of im­prove­ment through­out the coun­try but show­ers could still fall as snow to 300m about the Kaiko ura Range, at least at first.

To­mor­row is fore­cast to be fine in many places, al­though a few show­ers are pos­si­ble in some ar­eas, and frosts are pos­si­ble in cen­tral parts of the North Is­land.

The heavy snow that hit north­ern South­land on Wednesday moved up the coun­try and Queen­stown had a dust­ing yes­ter­day

DEB­BIE JAMIESON/STUFF

Snow be­gins to fall in Queen­stown yes­ter­day.

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