Archive for September, 2011


September 23, 2011

A brief spell of wintry weather is expected to return over parts of Southland, Otago and Canterbury this weekend.

“A cold front is forecast to cross the South Island on Saturday,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “Behind it, snow is expected to fall to near sea level in Southland, and to a few hundred metres in Otago and Canterbury on Saturday night and into Sunday.”

McDavitt added that reasonable snowfall is most likely about inland areas. “Even though we are just at the Equinox, it is likely to be cold enough for snow to bring disruption to travellers on some of the South Island’s higher roads. Wind chill associated with these cold windy conditions are also likely to be stressful for livestock.”

When this cold southwesterly sweeps across the North Island on Sunday, it may bring some snow to the central high country, possibly to the top of the Desert Road.

For more information on the weekend weather, particularly if you are travelling around Southland, Otago and Canterbury, check the updates, or for mobile devices at

For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt Weather Ambassador (09)377 4831

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