SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 9:06pm 06-Jul-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Otago, Southland, Taihape,
HEAVY SNOW FOR SOUTHERN FIORDLAND, SOUTHLAND AND CLUTHA. RAIN FOR THE
CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND TONIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING.
A bitterly cold southerly flow is expected to affect the lower South
Island until Thursday. Snow showers are expected to sea level about
southern Fiordland, Southland and Clutha. 20 to 30cm may accumulate
above 300 metres about southern Fiordland, the western ranges of
Southland and the Catlins. People are advised that there could be
disruption to traffic, especially about higher roads and that
vulnerable stock could be at risk, especially with significant wind
Meanwhile, rain is expected tonight and Tuesday morning about
Taumarunui and Tongariro National Park, including northern parts of
the Whanganui River catchment, and could be heavy at times, with 50mm
possible in 12 hours. Although lower than normal warning criteria,
this has the potential to be significant rain for these areas
recently affected by flooding. Further rain is likely Tuesday
afternoon and evening, before turning to snow above about 500 metres.
People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts and
to heed any advice given by Civil Defence and emergency management
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: TAUMARUNUI AND TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK, INCLUDING
NORTHERN PARTS OF THE WHANGANUI RIVER CATCHMENT.
Rain is expected to be heavy at times tonight and Tuesday morning.
Between 9pm Monday and 9am Tuesday, expect 50mm in 12 hours. Peak
intensities of 15 to 20mm per hour.
HEAVY SNOW WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: SOUTHERN FIORDLAND, THE WESTERN RANGES OF SOUTHLAND
AND THE CATLINS.
Snow showers are expected to tonight and throughout tomorrow
(Tuesday). In the 24 hours between 9pm Monday and 9pm Tuesday, expect
20 to 30cm above 300 metres, with 5 to 10cm to 100 metres. Note, snow
showers are likely to continue through Wednesday and Thursday,
although the snow level should gradually rise.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Tuesday 07-Jul-2015
Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming
For further information after 9:30pm contact Duty Forecaster John
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Short Range Forecast
Northland to Waitomo, including Coromandel, Taupo and Bay of Plenty: Periods of rain, with some heavy falls. A few squally thunderstorms also possible, mainly this afternoon and evening. Snow lowering to 500 metres tonight, affecting the higher roads.
Gisborne: Scattered showers.
Remainder of the North Island: Rain developing this morning, with some heavy falls. Snow lowering to 300 metres about Wellington and Wairarapa this evening, and 500 metres elsewhere, affecting higher roads.
Marlborough: Fine, apart from a few showers about the Kaikoura coast and the Sounds.
Nelson, Buller and Westland: Showers, with snow to 500 metres, clearing this morning.
Canterbury and North Otago: Mainly fine. Scattered sleet or snow showers developing this evening.
Remainder of Otago, Southland and Fiordland: Occasional sleet or snow showers, but long fine spells about northern Fiordland and Central Otago.
Chatham Islands: Showers.
Wednesday: North Island, showers, clearing from Auckland down to Bay of Plenty and North Taranaki, snow lowering to 2 or 300 metres in south and east. South Island, showers in the south and east with snow level to 2 or 300 metres, fine elsewhere.
Thursday: North Island, fine spells but showers south of Taranaki to East Cape and north of Auckland, snow to 200 metres in the east. South Island, showers in the south and east with snow to 2 or 300 metres, fine elsewhere.
Friday: Mainly fine from Auckland to Bay of Plenty and North Taranaki, showers elsewhere becoming less frequent, snow lifting in the east. South Island, showers in the south and east clearing, fine elsewhere.
Chatham Islands: Occasional showers becoming sleety on Wednesday and westerlies turning southwest. Strong cold southerlies and sleety showers on Thursday and Friday.