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19 Jan 2018 16:21
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  •   Home > News > Environment

    Snow and sleet for South Island passes

    Rain could turn to snow in higher parts of the South Island as bad weather hits the country on Tuesday evening.

    The beautiful summer weather will be forgotten as rain, sleet and rain threatens parts of New Zealand.

    Sleet is expected to turn to snow in the higher parts of the Arthurs, Lindis and Haast passes from Tuesday evening - up to 6cm of snow could accumulate in Arthurs and Haast, but up to 15cm could settle on Lindis Pass, according to MetService.

    The snow could be even deeper on the Crown Range and Milford roads, with up to 30cm of snow possibly falling on higher areas there.

    This weather comes due to the intense low that is forecast to move onto the South Island from Tuesday evening, bringing cold weather, gale-force winds and storms.

    Heavy rain is due to hit Westland, Fiordland, Buller, Canterbury and the western ranges of Nelson, while the lower North Island will also be struck with rain and wind, gusting up to 120 km/h in exposed places.

    From 5am on Wednesday, Northland, Auckland and Tongariro National Park can expect to get hit by heavy rain.


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