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.”