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Wintry blast comes and goes and comes again…

Snowy and wintry spells are stretching over much of New Zealand this afternoon as  pulses of freezing air keep whacking our islands. 

From Auckland to parts of Otago, snow has been reported and some heavy bands of snow with hail and lightning have taken place over parts of Canterbury.

“I think for Cantabs and for some in Otago there’s a risk of heavier snow tomorrow and perhaps in the afternoon” says Weather Analyst Richard Green”.
“This system keeps reenergising itself and flicks out bursts of snow in the strong southerly flow.When a dry spell takes place for a while some people think it’s all over but then a cloudbank rolls in and away it goes again”Richard Green says.

Hamilton and Auckland both saw snowflakes today in a rare occurrence and Tauranga is the only one main centre that has yet to confirm the wintry visitor.
WeatherWatch believes Aucklanders may have a chance of seeing a few more flakes tonight as night approaches and temperatures drop further.

Today snow has been falling in provincial centres such as New Plymouth, Wanganui, Timaru, Ashburton and the list goes on and on…


Guest on 15/08/2011 9:24am

We live in Te Anau, Fiordland and had heaps of snow, much more than last month. Spent the day making a huge snowman and the kids loved sliding down the hills in their sleighs. Its still snowing here.

scott on 15/08/2011 7:55am

I was wondering when the snow is going to stop falling in Christchurch so we are able to drive and get to work?  Can you please tell me when this is going to happen.

WW Forecast Team on 15/08/2011 8:18am

Hi Scott – this is likely to happen overnight Tuesday and into Weds.  Tomorrow looks snowier than today according to the data.

– WW

Jzzie boy on 15/08/2011 7:26am


We have had a min of bout 4″ here in masterton… but there is bout 6″ in some areas… is there chance of more?.. If so… do you have any idea when, and how much… (sorry, I know that will be stabing in the dark)..

I hope everyone else is getting as much appreciation out of nature as we are in the wairarapa

Buh bye

Jzzie Boy

Guest on 15/08/2011 6:50am

We were hoping to travel by road to Wellington from Auckland on Wednesday and wonder if the Desert Road is likely to be open then? If not, how much later?

Guest on 15/08/2011 6:00am

Some snow falling lightly in Papakura, Auckland at 1750 hours.  Beautiful!

Danny on 15/08/2011 5:52am

Invers has only seen sleety showers with few flakes of snow no settling any chance we may see some settle?

WW Forecast Team on 15/08/2011 6:25am

Not a great chance there Danny – all the energy is moving north into Canterbury northwards now.

– WW

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