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Friday’s national forecast

A southerly flow will keep southern and eastern regions of both islands a bit unsettled today.

On the South Island, from sea level up to about 400m, the precipitation should be rain.  Above 400m, look for light snow or flurries.  Government forecaster MetService has a Road Snowfall Warning in effect until 9am for Lewis Pass where 3cm to 6cm of snow may accumulate.  Porter’s Pass is also under a Road Snowfall Warning.  MetService says between 8 and 12cm of snow may accumulate by 2am Saturday.  The western sections of the South Island should be dry.

On the North Island, the precipitation may extend beyond the southern and eastern sections.  Auckland may get in on some shower activity this afternoon.  Taranaki and Waikato could also see some spotty precipitation today in addition to Wellington, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.’

By WeatherWatch Analyst Howard Joseph


Ang on 14/06/2012 7:13pm

Thats weird….the minute I hit save comment its now changed to Chch….I have been trying to change it on and off for weeks!!!!

WW Forecast Team on 14/06/2012 8:58pm

Hi Ang – it’s an annoying bug we have which is on our list of things to be fixed next month – it’s taken us longer than usual as we’ve been hiring new web developers so the past two months have been focused on that rather than the actual faults – but rest assured we’re on to it!


Philip Duncan

Guest on 14/06/2012 7:11pm

Over the the right of this page I keep tying to change the region forecast from Auckland to Chch but it never works…just always stays on Auckland!!!!

Guest on 14/06/2012 7:06pm

Snow above 400m? when its snowing to near sea level in parts of christchurch this morning may need to be revised.
It seems some of these showers today will be very convective and deep so we may well get some flakes to sea level at times along with hail/sleet.

WW Forecast Team on 14/06/2012 8:59pm

The 400m mark is the overall height snow is expected today – but certainly this morning it will be lower (as it was mostly 200m yesterday and overnight). but should slowly rise today.  Of course that doesnt mean there wont be snow flurries lower down – some to near sea level – in isolated bursts.

Wrap up warmly – but looks as though tomorrow and Sunday will be warmer.

– WW

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