An Arctic Blast is Bringing Snow to Much Of New Zealand
Prepare to stay indoors this weekend as the Met Service has raised Severe Weather Warnings issued for Heavy Snow and Severe Gales around the country.
In a post left on Facebook a few hours ago the Met Service has warned of snow landing around the country.
“A cold front working up the South Island today is set to bring strong winds and snow, with some heavy falls in the far south.”
“The latest warning issued on http://bit.ly/SWWarnings forecasts 10-20cm of snow above 400m in the far south. Lesser amounts will fall at lower altitudes. Further north, snow is expected as low as 800m over the central North Island, with the potential for 1-3cm of snow on the Desert Road.”
“The winds will also be strong ahead of the front, the worst of which could include gusts up to 120km/h in the far south. Behind the front cold southwesterlies will persist through Saturday, gradually easing on Sunday.”
“Take care on the roads and in the hills, and check the latest forecast before you leave on www.metservice.com.“
While snow may not be landing everywhere, the weekend will be marked by bitter cold winds for pretty much everybody. This is the first significant cold outbreak so far this year.
“West to southwest winds are expected to rise to severe gale gusting 120 km/h about Stewart Island and coastal parts of Southland and Clutha for a time.”
“Winds of this strength could damage trees and powerlines, and make driving condition hazardous.”
This afternoon's satellite images show the next front moving into Southland and showers feeding into the west. Images courtesy of JMA ^JL pic.twitter.com/Frq93TDLoc
— MetService (@MetService) May 19, 2017