A BITTER COLD BLAST FOR NEW ZEALAND

July 22, 2011

The area of low pressure that has brought wind and rain to parts of the North Island is sliding away to the east ushering in a cold wintery blast straight from the Antarctic.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett said “The cold air will move up the country this weekend, colliding with moisture from the Tasman, allowing snow to fall to very low levels. Southland and Otago will have the potential for snow to reach sea level by Sunday morning.”

This wintery blast should sweep northward during Sunday and Monday. “Snow may fall to near sea level in Canterbury during Sunday afternoon, reaching Marlborough in the evening”, commented  Daniel Corbett.  Corbett added “This storm also has the potential to bring settling snow to many parts of the South Island”.

The North Island will also feel the effects of the cold wintery blast. Late on Sunday, enough cold air will be in place to bring snow to the Desert Road, blanketing much of Taihape on Monday.  The Rimutaka Hill Road and the Napier-Taupo Road could be at risk from snowfalls from early Monday. Wellington residents could even see snow on the surrounding hills and those further north in Waikato and Gisborne should see snow on the ranges.

Holidaymakers who will be traveling this weekend should keep an eye on the evolving severe weather events and check the latest forecast on metservice.com or on mobiles devices m.metservice.com

(C) Copyright Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd 2011

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