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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 24 June 2017

Conditions Summary:
It is mostly clear this morning with light westerly winds and temperatures around freezing. The exception to this rule is northern parts of the Canterbury High Country which are draped in cloud.

Synoptic Outlook:
We will be under a weak high today squeezed between a low pulling off to the east and a cold front approaching from the Tasman. Cloud should move away from more northern areas of the Canterbury High Country this morning as we wave goodbye to the low which has given us the recent snowfall. Elsewhere, it will be mostly fine with light to moderate westerly winds under a weak high. Strong west/north-westerlies will develop overnight as the cold front swings in from the west. As the front traverses the South Island from west to east overnight it will leave a dusting of snow in Otago. The front will exit to the east tomorrow but not before a few flurries dance about The Canterbury High Country in the morning. Skies will clear tomorrow afternoon and winds will drop as another weak high temporarily builds in. The good news is that although this front doesn’t deliver the goods in terms of snow it does cause the temps to drop nicely which will allow for a solid snowmaking effort over the next few days.

Monday will stay mostly fine under the high. However, cloud will increase in the evening and winds will strengthen from the north as a potent cold front advances from the Tasman. Moderate snow will fall overnight into Tuesday as the front slams into the South Island. Snowfall amounts will be in the 15-25cm range down to 1200m in Otago with 4-10cm on the cards for The Canterbury High Country. Things are not looking too shabby at all.

Image of the day:

Most of the cloud you see draped over the South Island on the satellite image will be replaced by the clear weather just out west as a weak high builds in today. Source:: BOM (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Saturday 24 June:
A cloudy start in northern parts of The Canterbury High Country. Elsewhere it will be a mostly fine day with moderate westerly winds. A dusting of snow overnight in Otago.

Sunday 25 June:
Mostly fine with moderate westerly winds in Otago. A few flurries about the peaks in The Canterbury High Country with moderate south-westerly winds.

Monday 26 June:
Mostly fine. Increasing cloud late in the day with strong north-westerly winds developing. Otago will see 5-10cm of snow overnight down to 1200m.

Tuesday 27 June:
Cloudy with moderate westerly winds and snow showers. 5-12cm of additional snow down to 1200m in Otago. 2-6cm in The Canterbury High Country.

Extended Outlook:
A second weaker cold front following on the heels of Tuesdays front could give us further snow showers in Otago in resorts closest to The Divide on Wednesday. At this point we are looking at 5-10cm down to 1200m with a few flurries in The Canterbury High Country. It will then be mostly sunny for Thursday and Friday under a high before a weak cold front could skim the South Island next weekend giving light snow, especially for The Southern Lakes ski fields.

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