Big Cold snap on the way…
– “It’s going to be windy and wintry – just horrible for many places”
– Plenty of snow on the way for ski fields in both islands.
It’s been a long time coming – but a cold snap is on the way and it’s set to bring snow to Queenstown, low parts of Southern New Zealand and possibly the Desert Road.
Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan warns the cold snap will see temperatures plummeting into the negatives along with a bitterly cold wind chill. “It’s going to be windy and wintry – just horrible for many places”. Global weather giant, Weather.com is predicting highs of just 6 degrees across Southland and Queenstown over Friday and the weekend, with similar temperatures about the central plateau. “Snow squalls are likely around Queenstown and may even fall in the town. Waiouru may also see sleet or light snow – which may affect the Desert Road at its highest point”.
Even Aucklanders will shiver under cloudy skies and chilly winds. “Highs around 13 are expected this weekend, well down on the 20 degrees they were seeing a couple of weeks ago. With wind chill it may feel more like 9 or 10 during the warmest part of the day. It’s going to miserable for most New Zealanders this weekend”
But not all New Zealanders will be unhappy with the weather. Our South Island weather analayst Richard Green says although snow may fall to low levels in both Southland and Canterbury, ski operators will be very happy.
This storm is changing by the day, so our Weather Watch team will be closely monitoring it, and will be able to give more details about snow fall, affected roads and towns, and how this storm is going to affect you. We’ll also update you on the latest storm warnings from MetService.