Heavy snow predicted for South Is

Last updated 13:04 03/06/2012

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Snow, heavy rain and strong winds are expected across the South Island this week, the MetService says.

The Metservice said the front is expected to cross the South Island on Tuesday, following heavy rain and strong northerlies in western areas.

A very cold south to southwest airstream behind the front is expected to spread over Fiordland, Southland and Otago on Tuesday afternoon and should reach Canterbury by Tuesday evening.

Snow is likely to fall to very low levels during the southerly outbreak, including the hills of Dunedin, Metservice said.

Some heavy rainfalls are possible inland, and people in those areas are advised to prepare for difficult driving conditions, strong cold winds and a significant wind chill.

The weather is expected to clear on Wednesday, but severe frosts are likely on Wednesday night.

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