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Issued at 5:37 am on the 6th of June by Russell Voice

COLD SNAP TODAY – WIDESPREAD RAIN & SNOW ABOUT THE HILLS.

Good morning Canterbury. It’s a frosty and clear start across most of the region, with  Timaru starting the day on an icy -4.2 degrees. We do have areas of freezing fog about our basins.

Our strong cold southerly change moves north this morning, bringing widespread rain, sleety falls and snow to low levels about the Canterbury Foothills. There is the chance during heavier precipitation snow may settle to around 300m-400m, with sleety falls and flurries at lower elevations.

Snow is likely about all our higher roads & alpine passes; additionally our higher villages, perhaps even about upper parts of the Canterbury Plains & Foothills for a brief period. Our road snowfall warning remains in place for today; link below.

Under clearing skies tonight, parts of Canterbury will be hovering on -5, -6 degrees early Sunday morning.

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A short and sharp cold snap moves north today, bringing another period of wintry showers, brief heavy falls and snow to low levels across the Canterbury Plains & Foothills.

We end the first week of winter with mostly sunny and frosty conditions, bar a weak front which will bring some showers and snow at higher elevations to the Main Divide & Canterbury Headwaters.

Next week looks mostly fine and settled under a large area of high pressure.

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GENERAL TWO DAY SUMMARY FOR CANTERBURY – PLEASE CHECK YOUR TOWN FORECAST FOR MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION.

TODAY.

A fine & frosty start for most, with isolated areas of fog. High cloud, light northerly/nor-west winds for a time. Strong cold southerly change moves north during the morning into South & Mid Canterbury and through North Canterbury early afternoon. Widespread rain, sleety falls to low levels and snow about the foothills around 300-400m. Easing across the region by evening and clearing at night across the region. Severe frosts developing, especially about our higher basins and villages. Temperatures peaking before wind change. H: 10-13 L: -6, 3.

SUNDAY.

Frosts, widespread, severe about our inland basins and areas. Sunny skies through the day, with a light veil of high cloud. Light northerly/nor-west breezes. Strong westerlies about the high country, with rain about the Main Divide & Canterbury Headwaters, falling as snow above 1200m. H: 9-12 L: -4, 3

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