For 1480m - last updated 7 hours ago
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.
7:00am Friday 26 August 2016
There are three features to watch out for, yup, three! The first is a juicy low which will move across the Cook Strait this evening before heading for the Chatham Islands tomorrow morning. Snow will develop through this morning and intensify this afternoon and overnight as cold southerly winds kick in. We are looking at a heavy fall of 25-40cm down to 1200m in Eastern Canterbury which is closer to the centre of the low and tends to do well off a southerly. Much less will fall in Otago (2-5cm). Tomorrow will be partly cloudy in Otago under a weak ridge of high pressure. Snow showers will taper off around midday in Canterbury with clearing skies during the afternoon as the low waves goodbye out East.
The second feature is a cold front that will slide in from the west on Sunday bringing strong north-westerly winds and snow to The Divide and The Southern Lakes. Another cold front follows in quickly on its heels on Monday bringing further snow and strong winds to the same regions. In total we are looking at 8-15cm in Wanaka and The Southern Lakes with 2-6cm in Canterbury.
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