– IF YOU HATE SNOW THEN THE WEEKEND IS LOOKING HORRIBLE
Conditions are about to worsen in southern parts of New Zealand as an onslaught of Antarctic fuelled fronts make landfall.
TRN’s Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says the weekend is looking even worse with more heavy snow on the way but this time accompanied by gales. “Yesterday’s snow fall was in calm conditions but the winds have really picked up today. The storm would easily have the wind strength of strong cyclone if it was based in the tropics”.
He says gales are predicted to continue and even strengthen tonight and during Saturday. “Now we’re really going to see some big wind chills, as low as minus 20 in the far south”. The air temperature has struggled to reach over 1 or 2 degrees for many towns in Central Otago today and it’s been between zero and one degrees all day in Queenstown. Tomorrow’s high will be lucky to reach 2 or 3 and it’ll be similar in Invercargill.
“To make matters worse, squally showers with thunder and hail are likely at some stage overnight tonight in all western regions from Southland right up to Northland”. Winds may reach well over 100km/h during these heavy showers however they’ll ease for many places during late Saturday. In the north winds of 90km/h have blown across Auckland today.
“Conditions won’t be improving until Monday as a high pressure system gives the country a couple of relatively settled days”.
Mr Duncan says another cold front is expected at the end of next week.