Southerlies to follow cold blast

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Southern parts of Otago and Southland are likely to be on the receiving end today of strong to gale force southerlies which will be the fallout from a vigorous cold blast that moved through the lower South Island last night.

The latest forecast from MetService said snow was expected to lower to 100m and southern parts of Otago today and to 200m about Canterbury this afternoon.

Waitaki District Council emergency services manager Chris Raine said there would be significant wind chill for animals or people exposed to the southerly winds.

“Higher roads including the Pigroot, LIndis Pass and the Dunedin-Mount Cargill Rd, are likely to be affected,” he said.

“Because the winds will be strong, loose objects may take off in wind gusts, so tie them down.”