A brief period of heavy snow fell this morning across Canterbury and now its moving north.
The Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the snow has stopped in Ashburton and conditions are improving in Methven. “Although Hutt College has been closed due to the snow, conditions are improving with only sleet now falling in Methven”.
Latest satellite images show the main frontal band moving northwards and in its wake temperatures are dropping quickly. “It currently feels about minus 5 in Christchurch with the air temperature only on 2 degrees and sleet has just begun falling”.
MetService is currently forecasting rain today in Christchurch with snow possible tonight however Duncan says it’s more than likely going to snow in the Garden City this afternoon. “Our South Island weather analyst Richard Green says snow is falling 25 kms south of the city and it’s now sleeting at the airport”.
Duncan says snow is likely to fall this afternoon and possibly followed by a second briefer fall overnight.
And it’s not just the South Island, Duncan is warning snow may fall on the Rimutaka Ranges road later today or this evening. “Wellington is currently 13 degrees, that may well halve but late this afternoon as the cold front rolls through”.
“As I said yesterday, farmers should be on alert but this system is very fast moving. Clear skies should move in tomorrow with some pretty hefty frosts tomorrow and Thursday nights”.