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Snow falling through the South Island – #WeatherRisks for Monday

Parts of the South Island are in for snow throughout Monday – mainly Southland, Central Otago and the West Coast – as well as thunderstorms in places.

Snow levels:


5 to 10cm possible down as low as 200m, while 1 to 3cm is possible right down to sea level.

Central Otago

Very similar to Southland.
About eastern Central Otago snow flurry amounts drop off even more – levels stay the same but it won’t be as heavy.
Central Otago has been frosty overnight as skies cleared up.

Fiordland Mountains

Heavy wintry showers for much of the day, then easing in the evening.
Snow to 200m lowering to near sea level in the evening.
15 to 20cm is possible down to 200m, while 1 to 3cm is possible near sea level.
Roads are likely to be affected in this area – keep an eye and an ear out for closures and delays.

West Coast

Occasional showers with small hail at times, and snow flurries to 300m.
Though the quantities won’t be as high as Fiordland, 3 to 5cm is possible down to this level.

– Aaron Wilkinson & Drew Chappell

– Photo: Shanika Singhe


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