More cold weather on way

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Wrap up warm – there’s more cold weather on the way for Otago, Southland and Canterbury, plus some parts of the North Island.

A vigorous cold front is expected to reach the lower South Islands by midnight tonight (Tuesday) and then move rapidly over the country during tomorrow (Wednesday).

During tomorrow and into early Thursday, cold and strong to gale southerlies will spread over the country behind the front, with snow to low levels about southern and eastern parts of the South Island and the lower North Island.

Significant snow accommulations are expected to be limited to the ranges and higher level roads in both islands, however, people in Southland, Clutha and Dunedin should expect some snow to near sea level during tomorrow (Wednesday).

Waitaki District Council emergency services manager Chris Raine said how much snow we get on the hills and higher roads will be dependent on the criticality of the wind direction at about 1000 metres.

“However, the wind chill will be prevalent for stock and humans working or walking exposed areas,” he said.