As the rain continues to tumble down in the south more reports of water entering garages and sheds with backyards now as lakes continue to come in.
The rain isn’t relenting over parts of Canterbury and Otago and both rivers in Christchurch are continuing to rise and spilling over in one case.
Roads continue to be affected by flooding and if your venturing out across the south today it may check to see what the conditions are like before embarking on your journey.
The rain is expected to ease late today however it will take its time to do so and some heavy falls are also expected in places.
Conditions are still looking ripe later in the week for a snowy spell in the south and the possibility of some snow falling in Wellington on Friday.
It’s possible 30-40cm of snow could fall across some regions over Central Canterbury northwards as moisture levels appear to be significant at this stage.
This could start as early as Wednesday night and then a breather before returning later Thursday and Friday with then a brief spell of dry weather on Saturday but another round of snow showers on Sunday.
Temperatures and winds will feel raw later in the week for many areas with West Coasters possibly getting the best of the conditions nationwide.
The MetService continue to have issues with their site this morning therefore WeatherWatch continues in full living colour bringing you the latest information as it comes to hand.
on 17/06/2013 5:00am
My wife and I are due to fly in to Chch airport from Sydney at 2.20pm Thursday. It seems from the information I have gathered so far that this may not be possible? (Especially looking at how close the isobars are to each other (equals windspeed, right?) bringing the precipitation over the city in forecasts). Do you know what usually happens with incoming flights at CHC during such events? I am also meant to be driving back to Queenstown on Friday… As much as I love snow I have a feeling our travel plans are to be disrupted…
on 19/06/2013 12:53am
Most isn’t meant to hit till Thursday evening/afternoon and it normally struggles to set in afternoon as it is relatively warmer. Chances are you’ll be fine ! 😀
on 16/06/2013 11:16pm
Looking really good for snow in Christchurch for Thursday and Friday at the moment, looking forward to watching your WeatherWatch video today or tomorrow 🙂 thank you for the updates!
on 16/06/2013 11:44pm
Careful what you wish for. I have been watching the models on this for some time, and while forecasters like WeatherWatch and MetService are sometimes (understandably) conservative in their predictions, I have no such restraint.
I think there is a very good possibility, that not only will Christchurch (and Wellywood) see a good dumping of snow, but it has the potential to be one of the biggest dumps (if not the biggest) ever seen. While it may be fun and exciting at first, you may find that it causes a few headaches as well.
My best advice: Be prepared for serious disruption (loss of power, damage to roof gutters, inability to travel) and hope for the best – Snowman building with the kids in the park 🙂
Of course, the weather is a fickle thing, and I could be completely wrong.
on 19/06/2013 1:05am
Nice reply Chris 🙂 It’s funny – as a person I have my own confidence levels- very different when you put it in writing and send out to 4.5 million NZers to read! We are being slightly more conservative today, just waiting for more data updates before going further.