A polar blast from Antarctica is set to deliver cold temps and blower pow to both the northern and southern islands of New Zealand later this week reports MetService.com.
Of all the resorts set to receive snowfall, we have our eyes on Craigieburn, which is forecasted to receive more than of 27″ of snow by Friday morning. Other ski fields located near Christchurch as well as Turoa and Whakapapa on the northern island could see over 2 feet of fresh snow by the weekend.
“Conditions will start to change tomorrow afternoon, with bitterly cold southerlies developing and lowering snow levels, this will continue through Wednesday, where there is a chance of snow showers to sea level (higher chance Wednesday morning & evening) – we currently have a ‘Watch’ in place for snow for central parts of the region on Wednesday.” – Canterbury Weather Update
What’s particularly interesting about this storm is that it’s coming in extremely cold with the potential for snow levels to fall down to sea level. That’s great news for New Zealand ski areas who’ve been waiting on natural snow so they can drop ropes and expand their terrain offerings.
LET IT SNOW!
MetService.com Extended Mountain Forecast
Wednesday: Rain, with heavy falls south of Tonagriro, turning to snow. Strong or gale southerlies developing.
FREEZING LEVEL: Lowering to 800 metres.
Thursday: Snow, with heavy falls in the east and south, scattered falls elsewhere. Snow level lifting to 1000 metres in the north. Gale or severe gale southerlies.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 800 metres, rising to 1200 metres.
Friday: Snow, with heavy falls possible in the east, easing to a few showers. Falling as rain below 1000 metres. Gale or severe gale southerlies easing.
FREEZING LEVEL: 1200 metres.
Wednesday: Snow, clearing in the west and easing in the south. Strong or gale southeasterlies.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 400 metres in the east but 800 metres in the west.
Thursday: Snow with heavy falls possible in the east, north of Mt Cook. A few snow showers elsewhere clearing. Strong or gale southerlies easing.
FREEZING LEVEL: Rising to 1200 metres in the north and 800 metres in the south.
Friday: A few snow showers in the east north of Mount Cook, easing. Becoming mainly fine elsewhere. Southeasterlies dying out.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 1000 metres in the east and rising to 1400 metres in the west.
Find up-to-date New Zealand forecasts here: MetService.com