Snow to low levels in Canterbury and Otago this weekend

Snow is expected to fall in parts of Canterbury and Otago this weekend.
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Snow is expected to fall in parts of Canterbury and Otago this weekend.

Snow is set to fall across parts of Canterbury and Otago later this week after a mild start with high cloud and showers.

MetService meteorologist Mariken van Laanen​ said a cold strong southwesterly flow could bring snow to 300 metres about the hills of Banks Peninsula on Friday and early Saturday.

"There will also be snow about the Canterbury high country, and in the northern Canterbury plains down to 400m," she said.

From Friday, temperatures in Christchurch could fall below freezing and an overnight minimum of minus 1 degree Celsius was forecast on Sunday.

Colder conditions in Otago could bring sleety showers to coastal areas and snow to the hills.

"Queenstown and Alexandra could get snow, although sometimes with the southwesterly flow, those areas are protected," van Laanen said.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, high cloud should increase in Christchurch with light winds. A high of 13C should peak in the early afternoon.

South to Dunedin where similar conditions were forecast with occasional rays of sunshine breaking through high cloud. A high of 13C.

Rain should fall in parts of the West Coast on Tuesday as a northeast wind develops. A high of 15C forecast before heavy showers on Wednesday.

North to Nelson where cloud should increase throughout the day, leading to evening showers. A high of 15C as northerly winds develop.

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Blenheim was forecast to receive occasional rain throughout the day, particularly on Tuesday evening. A high of 16C was forecast as northwest winds pick up.

 - Stuff

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