Severe Weather Warning – As weather bomb hits NZ South Island

July 31st, 2009

A weather bomb has hit the South Island this morning. Coronet Peak is open due to their altitude (top of the hill is lower the base buildings at Cardrona).
Remarkables are open but they’re reporting ‘blizzard’ conditions.

Let’s hope it tails off to lots of snow for next week.

See forecast maps here:
Coronet Peak Live Streaming Cam here
Daily on Mountain Snow reports here

This is what the METSERVICE NZ are reporting.

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:34 am 31-Jul-2009
MEDIA
A FRONT CROSSING THE SOUTH ISLAND TODAY IS FORECAST TO BRING A PERIOD
OF HEAVY RAIN TO THE WEST COAST RANGES AND SOUTHERN ALPS, WITH SEVERE
NORTHWEST GALES IN PARTS OF OTAGO, CANTERBURY AND WAIRARAPA

A front currently over Fiordland at 8am is forecast to move north and reach Buller this evening and then move onto the lower North Island during Saturday morning. A strong moist northwest flow ahead of the front is forecast to bring heavy rain to the West Coast ranges and Southern Alps. The heavy rain should ease in Fiordland late this morning, in the Westland ranges by this evening and in Buller early Saturday morning. Another 70 to 100mm is expected about the ranges of Westland and Buller during this time. This is not a particularly large amount of rain for these areas, however people there,especially trampers, are advised to look out for rapidly rising rivers and streams. Significant spillover is also possible into the Otago and Canterbury headwaters during this time. However, much of this rain will fall as snow above 1000 metres, limiting the response of the rivers that flow from this area.

Severe northwest gales gusting 120 km/h about the eastern hills and ranges of Otago should ease by midday. However, similar winds about exposed parts of Canterbury are likely through to this evening,especially near the foothills and about higher parts of Banks Peninsula. Northwest gales are also expected to develop about parts of Wairarapa and the Tararua District this morning. 120 km/h gusts are likely in exposed places from midday today through to dawn Saturday, especially about the Rimutaka Hill Road. Winds of this strength have the potential to damage trees and powerlines and make driving conditions hazardous for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

metservice.com