Friday 17 August
A cold front is working it’s way over the North Island today, while a southerly change sweeps up the South Island. The southerlies pour a generous dollop of snow onto Canterbury fields, then does the same on Ruapehu during Saturday, but with lesser amounts. A ridge drifts up the South Island during Saturday, clearing away any muck and bringing the sunshine. The ridge continues over the North Island during Sunday, while northerly winds pick up over the South Island. A low approaches from the Tasman Sea on Monday and pushes it’s front over the country with snowfalls for all.
Image Of The Day:
Snowflakes for everyone today as a front works it’s way over the North Island and a southerly sweeps up the South Island. Source:: Metservice (vandilised by the Grasshopper)
Friday 17 August:
Snow over the Southern Lakes will clear this afternoon, as it spreads up to Canterbury with heavy falls there, while westerly winds change to the south. Snow showers on Ruapehu, with heavy falls at first, as well as strong westerly winds.
Saturday 18 August:
Any morning cloud clearing to a nice sunny day on the South Island. Southerlies die out in Canterbury and NW winds develop over the Southern Lakes. Snow showers on Ruapehu will clear in the evening after westerlies change to the south.
Sunday 19 August:
An epic sunny day for everyone! There’ll just be scraps of high cloud over the South Island. SW winds on Ruapehu dying out while northerly winds strengthen over the South Island.
Monday 20 August:
A period of snow for the South Island. Snow developing early on Ruapehu with heavy falls. Northerly winds, rising to gale or severe gale on Ruapehu.
The low pulls away to the east during Tuesday and snowfalls ease, but another shallow low follows close behind on Wednesday and Thursdays, spreading a freezing SW flow over the country with a nice dusting for all. A ridge should gradually build over the country next weekend.
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