Coronet Peak

South Island, New Zealand

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Detailed Forecast

Wednesday 15 August


Synoptic Outlook:

The low berthed off the east coast will set sail into the Pacific today, while a ridge drifts over the country and remaining snowfalls clear. A cold front traverses the country during Thursday and early Friday, with a nice dusting for all. Later on Friday, a cold southerly change moves up the South Island and pours 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.


Image Of The Day:


Trailer loads of fresh powder on Ruapehu, and it’s still dumping, thanks to the low to the east. A ridge is bringing sunshine and good times to the South Island. Source:: Metservice (vandilised by the Grasshopper)


Wednesday 15 August:

A bluebird day for the South Island while SW winds drop away, then NW winds pick up. There are heavy snowfalls on Ruapehu, which will ease this afternoon and clear this evening as strong SW winds gradually easing.


Thursday 16 August:

Snow spreading up the South Island during the morning, then it’ll clear during the afternoon as severe gale NW winds start to ease. Cloud building on Ruapehu with the odd shower as NW winds strengthen, then it’ll dump snow at night.


Friday 17 August:

Snow spreading up the South Island during the afternoon as westerly winds change to the south. There’ll be heavy falls in Canterbury. Woohoo! Snow showers on Ruapehu, with heavy falls at first. Double woohoo! There’ll also be strong westerly winds.


Saturday 18 August:

Cloud and any remaining snowfalls in Canterbury clear 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 strong westerlies change to a strong southerly.


Extended Outlook:

A low deepens as it drifts over the Tasman Sea during Sunday, then crosses the lower South Island late Sunday or Monday, while its front crosses areas further north. This will bring hefty snowfalls over the country through Tuesday, as well as a freezing cold southwesterlies. A low scoots by to the south of NZ during Thursday, while its cold front brings more snow and freezing southwesterlies to the country.


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