Blizzard conditions for New Zealand

Southern Hemisphere winter has not even begun.

24 May 2015 – The Metservice has several severe weather warnings for the lower South Island, including for heavy snow in the south and severe gales in coastal Otago, which combined could cause major traffic disruption and trouble for stock and farmers in the south.

Periods of heavy snow are expected to start this evening and continue through to Monday afternoon.

By mid afternoon tomorrow around 20cm (8 inches) of snow is expected above 300 metres in parts of Otago, Fiordland and Southland. Lower down, 10 to 15cm is expected down to 200 metres and lesser amounts to sea level, the forecaster says in one of several severe weather warnings issued this morning.

About Dunedin City 5 to 10cm is likely, but 15cm could accumulate above 300 metres in a 6-hour period.

The heavy snow is likely to cause major disruption to traffic and make driving conditions hazardous, Metservice says.
Farmers were advised that stock might need shelter from the extreme cold and snow.

Severe southwest gales gusting up to 120kmh were also expected about coastal parts of Otago south of Moeraki and on Banks
Peninsula from tonight through to Tuesday morning.

Winds of that strength could topple trees, damage powerlines and unsecured structures, Metservice warned.

“Coupled with the expected snow in these areas, the blizzard like conditions will make travel difficult.”

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

“When there is a wildfire in Australia, it is all over the Dutch MSM news,” says Argiris. “But now New Zealand is struck by blizzards while the SH winter has not even begun, the MSM keep quiet about it.”

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  1. Here some pictures: Snow, sleet and rain: Winter hammer falls on NZ. Monday, 25 May 2015
    And of course my favourite picture:
    Small children happily playing in the snow. This is accompanied by the following text:
    Wintry weather has hit the South Island hard this morning, with snow closing roads around the region and storms causing power outages in Dunedin.
    Road closures
    • SH 87 Kyeburn to Outram – closed

    • SH 1 Pine Hill to Waitati – closed

    • SH 85 Kyeburn to Palmerston – Road open to 4wds and light vehicles with chains. Closed to trucks and towing vehicles

    • SH 93 Clinton to Mataura – Winter driving conditions. Please take care

    • SH 7 Hanmer Turnoff to Springs Junction (Lewis Pass) – Caution, ice. Chains essentials

    • SH 75 Little River to Barrys Bay – Caution, winter driving conditions

    • SH 85 Alexandra to Ranfurly – Snow and ice. Chains essential

    • SH 8 Lindis Pass, Central Otago – Vehicle restrictions, chains essential – closed to heavy vehicles

    • SH 6 Cromwell to Frankton – Snow and ice. Chains essential.

    • SH 94 Mossburn to Te Anau – Chains must be carried from George Hill to Centre Hill

    • SH 8 Burkes Pass to Twizel – Chains essential. Close to towing vehicles

    • SH 94 Te Anau to Milford Sound – No towing and chains required

    • SH 73 Arthurs Pass to Otira – Vehicle restrictions, chains essential – closed to towing vehicles

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