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Snow and Rain

Snow and Rain


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South Island Detailed Forecast

The Mountainwatch Detailed Forecast is provided by our resident meteorology sensei "The Grasshopper". The South Island analysis is issued around 7am every morning (maybe later on weekends) and is intended to provide an additional human element to the automated forecast data provided above. Sometimes we won't agree exactly with the model data - but if we ever call something significantly different we'll do our best to explain why.

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7:00am Saturday 1 October 2016

Conditions Summary:
It is partly cloudy in Otago and mostly clear in Canterbury. We have light northerly winds and temperatures between +1 and +5c.

Synoptic Outlook:
We will see a few clear spells during the morning but it’ll become cloudier in the afternoon as a cold front moves in from the Tasman. Showers will become widespread in the evening, heaviest about The Divide, as the front bears down on the South Island.

The low will track towards the south of the South Island tomorrow. It will be mostly cloudy with the chance of a few light afternoon rain showers. A ridge of high pressure builds in on Monday to give us a mostly fine day with just a small chance of an afternoon shower. Winds will strengthen from the north again on Tuesday as a powerful cold front moves in from the Tasman. We will see rain develop during the afternoon with possible heavy falls about The Divide.

Image Of The Day:

The front out west will move in later today to give us some rain. Source:: BOM (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Saturday 1 October:
Mostly fine during the morning. Increasing cloud in the afternoon with showers developing in the late afternoon/evening. Moderate northerly winds.

Sunday 2 October:
Strong north-westerly winds. Mostly cloudy with the chance of a few light afternoon rain showers.

Monday 3 October:
Mostly fine. Isolated afternoon rain showers.

Tuesday 4 October:
Strong to gale force northerly winds. Rain developing during the afternoon (5-15mm).

Extended Outlook:
We will start to get into a much colder westerly flow on Wednesday and Thursday between a broad area of high pressure to the north and a deep low to the south. We should see a rain/snow mix in westernmost resorts with 5-10cm possible above 1600m. We have a chance of widespread snow on Friday as the high builds into the Tasman and winds swing around to the south-west.

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