Over 200mm coming for the West Coast next 3 days, heavy snow ups avalanche risk (+2 Maps)

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A number of fronts and a westerly surge is arriving from south eastern Australia and it will bring heavy rain to NZ's West Coast which will form as heavy snow higher up.

Over 200mm is forecast for parts of the West Coast over just the next few days.

Meanwhile up to 1.5 metres of snow is possible higher up in the Southern Alps. This, on top of the generally warmer the average weather, will increase the avalanche risk in the Southern Alps.

- WeatherWatch.co.nz