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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:24pm 24-May-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Southland, Fiordland, Otago,
Canterbury

HEAVY SNOW AND SOUTHWEST GALES FOR SOUTHERN NEW ZEALAND AND BANKS
PENINSULA
A very cold southwest flow is spreading north over the country
tonight and Monday morning. Snow is falling to sea level about the
lower South Island, with significant accumulations above 200 metres
for parts of Fiordland, Southland and Otago. The heaviest snow is
expected in the south tonight (Sunday) and Monday morning, then about
Banks Peninsula Monday morning and afternoon above 300 metres.
Heavy snow in these regions is likely to cause major disruption to
traffic and make driving conditions hazardous. Farmers are advised
that stock may need shelter from the extreme cold and snow.
In addition, severe southwest gales gusting 130 km/h are expected
about exposed parts of Stewart Island, coastal parts of Southland and
Otago, and Banks Peninsula from tonight through to Tuesday morning.
Winds of this strength could topple trees, damage powerlines and
unsecured structures. Coupled with the expected snow in these areas,
the blizzard like conditons will make travel difficult.
FOR THE LATEST WEATHER AND FORECAST CHARTS PLEASE GO TO
http://metservice.com
MORE DETAILED INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND TECHNICAL USERS
FOLLOWS.
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HEAVY SNOW WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: FIORDLAND SOUTH OF MILFORD SOUND AND SOUTHLAND
FORECAST:
Heavy snow showers are expected to ease late afternoon Monday. In the
18 hours from 9pm Sunday to 3pm Monday expect around 20cm to fall
above 300 metres, 10 to 15cm down to 200 metres and lesser amounts to
sea level. The heaviest falls are likely tonight and Monday morning,
when 10 to 15cm could accumulate above 300 metres in a 6 hour period.
AREA/S AFFECTED: CENTRAL OTAGO
FORECAST:
Heavy snow showers are expected to ease late afternoon Monday. In the
18 hours from 9pm Sunday to 3pm Monday expect around 20cm to
accumulate in the south, with lesser amounts further north. The
heaviest falls are likely tonight and Monday morning, when 10 to 15cm
could accumulate in a 6 hour period.
AREA/S AFFECTED: CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN
FORECAST:
Heavy snow showers are expected to ease late afternoon Monday. In the
18 hours from 9pm Sunday to 3pm Monday expect around 20cm to fall
above 300 metres, 10 to 15cm down to 200 metres and lesser amounts to
sea level. The heaviest falls are likely tonight and Monday morning,
when 10 to 15cm could accumulate above 300 metres in a 6 hour period.
Note, about Dunedin City 5 to 10cm is likely to accumulate overnight
but 15cm about higher suburbs.
AREA/S AFFECTED: BANKS PENINSULA
FORECAST:
Snow showers are expected to become heavier Monday morning and lower
to near sea level, with significant accumulations higher up. In the
24 hours from 6am Monday to 6am Tuesday expect around 20cm to fall
above 400 metres, 10 to 15cm down to 300 metres and lesser amounts to
near sea level. The heaviest falls are likely Monday morning and
afternoon, when 10 to 15cm could accumulate above 400 metres in a 6
hour period.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: COASTAL PARTS OF OTAGO FROM MOERAKI SOUTHWARDS
FORECAST:
Severe southwest gales gusting 130 km/h in exposed places are
expected from midnight tonight (Sunday) through to midnight Monday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: BANKS PENINSULA
FORECAST:
Severe southwest gales gusting 120 km/h are expected from early
Monday morning through to early Tuesday morning.
AREA/S AFFECTED: STEWART ISLAND AND COASTAL PARTS OF SOUTHLAND
FORECAST:
South to southwest gales expected to rise to severe gale gusting
130km/h in exposed places tonight (Sunday), easing early Monday
morning.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Monday 25-May-2015
Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson
For further information after 9pm Sunday 24 May contact Duty
Forecaster Heath Gullery or William Nepe
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

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Northland to Taranaki, including Coromandel Peninsula: Showers, some heavy with hail.
Bay of Plenty : A few showers clearing this morning.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Mainly fine, but morning showers, with snow to 400 metres in Hawkes Bay and 700 metres in Gisborne.
Taupo and Wanganui to Wellington, including Wairarapa and Marlborough: Showers, with snow to 300 metres, clearing early morning. Showers returning north of Manawatu late morning.
Nelson: Fine.
Canterbury Showers with snow to 400 metres, becoming confined to Banks Peninsula tonight, with snow lowering to 200 metres there, and severe southwest gales.
Buller, Westland: Showers north of Greymouth, but fine elsewhere.
Otago, Southland and Fiordland: Snow showers with hail and possible thunderstorms. Significant snow accumulations above 200 metres and severe southwest gales.
Chatham Islands: Showers, some heavy and thundery with hail.

Extended Forecast

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Tuesday: North Island, showers west of Taupo and in the south. Snow about high level roads. South Island, showers about Southland, and coastal areas. Snow lifting to 500 metres in the east and south. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Wednesday: North Island, showers becoming confined to north of Tauranga and the east coast. Fine spells elsewhere. South Island, mainy fine with a few showers about the Southland and the eastern coast.
Thursday: North Island, showers north of Tauranga and the east coast gradually clearing. Mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, mainly fine but showers about Southland and clearing from the eastern coast.
Friday: showers spreading south to north of Taupo but mainly fine further south. South Island, Mainly fine but cloud increasing and showers developing in the west.
Chatham Islands: Severe gale southwest and heavy showers, on Tuesday. Showers on Wednesday and Thursday with gale southwesterlies easing.Showers clearing and fine Friday with northerlies developing.

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