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Light snow flurries fall in South Island – snow for Wellington?

Our somewhat weak wintry blast continues to head north this afternoon with readers reporting light snow flurries in Invercargill and Canterbury with heavier snow in the mountains.

The coldest air is now clearing Canterbury and heading towards the South Island’s north eastern corner and by mid to late afternoon it will move in Wellington and Wairarapa. predicts light snow flurries are possible in Wellington’s higher altitude suburbs this evening with the odd light snow flurry falling to about 2 or 300 metres.  Heavier falls will be above 500m.

Accord to reports received by snow fell as low as 10 metres above sea level (Invervargill), 90 metres above sea level (Inland Southland), 200 metres about sea level (Darfield).

In Wellington Karori has parts above 200 metres, with Johnsonville around 150m above sea level along with some parts of Upper Hutt.

The summit of State Highway over the Rimutaka Ranges is about 550 metres, heavy snow could close the road tonight.

12:30pm – news just to hand that snow showers are again passing through Invercargill.

Have we missed you out?  Have you seen snow where you are?  Post a comment below and share your conditions with other WeatherWatch readers!


David - New Brighton on 13/06/2010 4:36am

A light hail shower after 8am – temp was around 3 deg C; light dusting of snow on Port Hills and Banks Peninsula; afternoon sunny with light WSW and temp between 5 and 6 Deg C……lucky Ashburton!

Chris B on 13/06/2010 9:33am

the same in Karori – just a couple of small hail showers late afternoon. Just very cold and surprisingly little rain…

Guest on 13/06/2010 4:12am

We just had our first hail of the year here in Kaukapakapa, Auckland but i must say it was small and gone really fast. 🙁

Matt on 13/06/2010 3:01am

How much snow do you think wellington will get in the higher surburbs phil??
Its 6.8degrees at the moment at 300msl in kaitoke the base of Rimutakas what time will this polar air hit??

Deano on 13/06/2010 3:00am

We had a period of heavy snow in Ashburton this morning (100 metres asl),approx 1cm settled before it quickly cleared.Blue dome sky now.

Alex on 13/06/2010 1:38am

We live approximately 10 mins north of Invercargill and it has been a mix of rain and snow here for most of the day with accumulations on nearby hills.

Phil Smith, Lev on 13/06/2010 1:18am

Hi Phil , we in Levin have had heavy rain for almost 12 hours .Roofs cant handle the volume of water is amazing .Barometre showing 992hp with 10.9dec and the sun is now shinning, lets hope theres no more wet stuff

Cheers Phil Smith

Chris B on 13/06/2010 12:52am

is on standby – will let you know if we get any snow.

Currently, the high cloud has just cleared with blue skies and sunlight. There are some cumulus clouds on the horizon.

Guest on 13/06/2010 12:46am

Just a light snow shower here in Invercargill but the winds have been from the NNW all morning. I guess if they keep saying ‘strong SW winds’ they’ll get it right eventually.

sw on 13/06/2010 12:46am

It probably stay “too SW” in Wellington for snow,ie sheltered from the south island though it will still be cold there.

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