October 7, 2010

MetService is expecting a short sharp cold snap on Sunday and Monday.

“A very cold southwest flow is expected to spread across the South Island on Sunday and North Island on Monday,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt.  “This isn’t expected to be as long-lasting as the mid September event.  Even so, it is likely to bring snow showers to unseasonably low levels over eastern parts of the South Island and southern and eastern parts of the North Island.  Many of the higher roads in both the North and South Islands are likely to be affected.”

The combination of snow showers and a cold, blustery southerly is likely to place stress on vulnerable livestock, especially the newborn.  Travellers returning home at the end of the school holidays are advised to stay up to date with the latest MetService forecasts and plan accordingly.

Mr McDavitt added that at the end of this cold snap, extensive frosts are likely over the South Island overnight Monday and early Tuesday.  These frosts could be severe in some inland places, with icy conditions likely on the roads.

Weather forecast and warning updates are available on metservice.com, and, for mobiles on m.metservice.com .

For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt       Weather Ambassador           (09)377 4831
MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.
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* When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
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