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Rain eases but now comes the snow

All the thunderstorms have now cleared the North Island however the attention is now shifting to the lower South Island, reports 

Rain is expected to turn to snow late on Saturday and into Saturday night about Southland and Otago with snow expected in Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell and possibly Alexandra.

On Sunday morning snow is expected to just 200 metres, predicts, with sleet in Dunedin and possibly a few snow flakes in the city’s higher altitude suburbs.

Sleet is expected in Christchurch on Sunday with snow to low levels in Canterbury.  Snow warnings are not currently expected.

On Sunday evening sleet may again fall in Wellington with snow on the Rimutaka Ranges.  Snow, possibly heavy enough to spark snow warnings, is also likely for the Desert Road on Sunday through to Monday.  Snow flurries may also affect the Napier Taupo highway on Sunday night.

Snow is predicted on Mt Taranaki to low levels, possibly a few hundred metres, on Sunday night.

In addition, thunderstorms, hail and the risk of isolated tornados and waterspouts is in the forecast for Auckland and other western regions of the North Island tomorrow.  More details from 5am, Saturday.


Karl on 11/06/2010 10:13am

Any chance of snow in christchurch on sunday?

WW Forecast Team on 11/06/2010 10:51am

Moisture levels are going to be low, but the temperatures certainly indicate snow to low levels on Banks Peninsula and inland Canterbury.  A few flakes aren’t out of the question, but wind direction (SW) isn’t favourable for anything…and if it happens overnight you might never know about it.

– WeatherWatch weekend team

sw on 11/06/2010 6:54am

Since 3pm its been howling from the SW with untold pine needles,more in 1/2 than the last 3 weeks storms altogether.

Jo on 11/06/2010 8:11am

Howling where?

WW Forecast Team on 11/06/2010 10:50am

We were wondering the same thing!  Winds haven’t picked up in Auckland until 10pm tonight.

– WeatherWatch weekend team

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