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Snow guide: Final snow risk for main centres

FINAL UDATE 11:04pm Monday — One final surge of snowy weather is pushing in to central parts of New Zealand tonight.

These risks cover until 6am Wednesday.


High Risk of snow, and a higher chance of it settling.

  • Wellington (above 100m)
  • Eketahuna
  • Waiouru
  • Ohakune
  • National Park
  • Taihape
  • Queenstown

Medium Risk of a snow flurry, less likely to settle (but still possible)

  • Christchurch (mostly above 100m)
  • Masterton
  • Ashburton
  • Timaru
  • Hawera
  • Levin
  • Feilding
  • Palmerston North
  • Stratford
  • Kapiti
  • Auckland (before 4am Weds)
  • Dannevirke
  • Hawkes Bay (above 100m)
  • Wellington (below 100m)

Low Risk of an isolated snow flurry, low risk of snow settling.

  • Taupo
  • Invercargill
  • Napier
  • Hastings
  • Dunedin
  • Gore
  • Balclutha
  • Alexandra
  • Oamaru
  • Greytown
  • Featherston
  • Carterton
  • Martinborough
  • Wainuiomata
  • Wanganui



Guest on 13/08/2011 12:19am

Will it be safe to undertake this journey or should I stay in ChCh.

Guest on 12/08/2011 11:52pm

Hi there what do you think the chances are of a flight getting into Dunedin about 9pm on sunday are? Is it likely the airport will be closed? If not the airport what do you think about the road?


Guest on 12/08/2011 10:51pm

Hey. Is it going to snow in Christchurch this time as well? Will it be as heavy as the last July snow? Thanks

Guest on 12/08/2011 9:13pm

Understand blizzard conditions mean very high winds with snow. Can you advise where these are likely to be and what is the estimated wind strength?

WW Forecast Team on 12/08/2011 10:14pm

Hi there – winds will be averaging 40 to 60km/h (60 is gale force) with gusts up to 100km/h maybe higher.  Winds will kick in on Sunday and peak Monday and Tuesday.

– WW

Guest on 12/08/2011 9:11pm

Hi, you haven’t mentioned Wanaka at all, we are due to fly there on Sunday mid afternoon, should this be possible? Are you anticipating snow in Wanaka/Cardrona? Thanks, you are providing a great service 🙂

Bill S on 12/08/2011 7:50pm

With the giant high stretching from deep south to the tropics, is NZ likely to experience the other extreme – a blast of hot moist air when we get through to the other side?

WW Forecast Team on 12/08/2011 8:23pm

Hi Bill,

Not much heat expected for some time.



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