‘Severe weather warnings’ Snow falling, roads closed as cold blast strikesPosted by On


Snow is falling in Canterbury and several roads have been closed as a winter blast settles over much of Aotearoa.

A blast of cold air coming “straight from Antarctica” has brought snow fall in the South Island this morning as Wellington CBD will have its best chance of snow in a decade.

Shortly after 8am MetService issued a heavy snow warning for the far south of the South Island and Banks Peninsula.

“An intense cold outbreak spreads northwards over the country today and on Thursday, bringing unseasonably low snow to the South Island and the lower North Island.

“South to southwest gales are also possible, especially in the east from Invercargill to Wellington.

“Snow is likely to affect many parts of the South Island and lower North Island. Heavy snow watches remain in force for many areas and warnings have been issued for the far south of the South Island and Banks Peninsula. Note that significant disruptive snow is also likely to affect many other areas.

“People are advised to proceed with caution and keep up to date with the latest MetService forecasts and advice from the NZTA. This event will bring significant impacts to transport, livestock and crops.”

The heavy snow warning for Southland, Stewart Island, Clutha, Dunedin, Central Otago south of Alexandra, the Southern Lakes District south of Queenstown, and Fiordland from Te Anau southwards is in place from 9am today to 9am tomorrow with 20cm to 30cm of snow above 200m.

The warning for Banks Peninsula is in place…

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