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– “Conditions diabolical” – snow arrives for 5pm traffic in Invercargill last night.
– Heavy snow in Porters and Arthurs pass
– Could it snow in Christchurch today? 
Our first winter storm of the year is this morning continuing to dump snow over the South Island.   In news just to hand from our South Island Weather Analyst, Richard Green, heavy snow is falling in Porters and Arthurs pass.  It’s also currently falling in Sheffield, Springfield and Darfield.
And in a surprise to forecasters, light rain has started to fall in Christchurch – that combined with an air temperature of just 4 degrees means sleet or light snow may fall in the garden city.  Mr Green says the temperature is falling and he is closely monitoring the situation.
Further South and a surprise heavy snow fall just in time for evening commuters in Invercargill made driving conditions “diabolical” according to our local news reporter Malcolm Gayfor.  He says they also had thunder and lightening.
But while South Islanders appear to be getting slightly worse weather than was forecast, North Islanders appear to be missing the real cold stuff.   “Most towns this morning are in the lower teens, with strong winds just about everywhere” says Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan.   “Wellington should see a colder southerly kicking in early this evening, arriving in Auckland overnight”.  Mr Duncan says for the North Island, conditions should improve quite quickly on Saturday.
He says on Sunday a depression moving in from the sub-tropics will see temperatures lift as an easterly air flow kicks on and warmer heavy rain moves in.  It’s unsure at this stage if this low will bring rain to Eastland and Hawkes Bay next week.



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