Freezing temperatures and spring snowfall in the South Island

Many parts of New Zealand woke up this morning to freezing temperatures, with parts of the South Island in single digits as snow and southerly winds set in.

Snow has fallen in parts of the South Island and 1News has received photos and videos of snow falling in Methven and Tekapo in Canterbury.

MetService predicts a further drop in temperatures overnight, with most areas expected to experience a flurry of snow and cold weather out of season.

MetService says the severe cold outbreak will spread north across the country today and Thursday, bringing little snow to the South Island and Lower North Island.

NIWA said Thursday morning that the whole of the South Island should “feel” below 0C, with many feeling between -15 and -5C.

South to southwest gales are also possible, especially east of Invercargill in Wellington.

A number of weather watches are in place, mainly in the South Island. A heavy snowfall warning is in place for Banks Peninsula, Southland, Stewart Island, Clutha, Dunedin, Central Otago south of Alexandra, the Southern Lakes District south of Queenstown and Fiordland from Te Anau to the south.

MetService said, “Heavy snow can disrupt travel in affected areas and damage trees and power lines. Cold conditions can cause stress to livestock.”

In the North Island, Napier-Taupo Road (SH5) and Remutaka Hill Road (SH2) also have a heavy snowfall warning in place with snow showers expected to affect the road overnight and early tomorrow morning.

MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris told 1News the weather will be more stable by the weekend.

“Today we see the coldest air moving north and it will persist on Thursday. It will still be cold on Friday but the southerly winds will gradually ease and the wet and snowy weather will move away to the east. of the country and will remain offshore.

“By the weekend, we are seeing high pressure building up on our coasts which will bring mostly stable conditions for the weekend.”

He said next week still looks choppy but there will be opportunities to get the kids out but people will still need to be aware of the forecast as rain is expected across the country.

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