It’s Spring in New Zealand – SNOW in some North Island mountain pass region

I guess someone forgot to tell them that it’s SPRING in New Zealand.

Desert Road (SH1)

Issued at: 10:25am Wednesday 31 Oct 2018

During Thursday afternoon rain may turn briefly to snow about the top of the Road. From 1pm to 4pm Thursday, 1cm of wet snow may accumulate above 900 metres.
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Lewis Pass (SH7)

A brief period of snow is expected early Thursday morning. Between 3am and 7am Thursday, 1 to 3cm may accumulate about the top of the road, with lesser amounts to 800 metres.
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Arthur’s Pass (SH73)

A brief period of snow is expected overnight Wednesday and early Thursday morning. Between 1am and 5am Thursday, 1 to 2cm may accumulate about the top of the road, with lesser amounts to 800 metres.
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Porters Pass (SH73)

A period of snow is expected overnight Wednesday and early Thursday morning. Between 1am and 5am Thursday, 3 to 6cm may accumulate above 800 metres with lesser amounts to 700 metres.
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Lindis Pass (SH8)

A brief period of snow is expected tonight. Between 9pm and midnight Wednesday, 1cm may accumulate about the top of the road.
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Crown Range Road

A brief period of snow is expected tonight. Between 8pm and 11pm Wednesday, 1 to 2cm may accumulate on the road above 900 metres.

https://www.metservice.com/warnings/road-snowfall-warnings

Thanks to tomOmason for this link


6 thoughts on “It’s Spring in New Zealand – SNOW in some North Island mountain pass region”

    • Auckland’s latitude is -36.8 degrees, which usually makes it quite balmy. Every few years, though, it does get some snow.

      It’s a straight unbroken line between Antarctica and NZ, which is why it gets unexpected cold snaps.

  1. If you add this to the record cold in the NH then you can see the effect of the next solar minimum approaching.

  2. This is not an unsual occurrence for the time of the year. In recent years we’ve had southerlies with hail well into November. That’s why we don’t plant summer produce out early in the South Island and cover things just in case.

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