Snow warnings for alpine passes

Last updated 08:26 21/08/2014

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Cows on motorway slow traffic Weather: Showers expected later today Christchurch to escape heavy rain and gales Christchurch set to avoid regional downpour Fine skies ahead of drizzle Weekend highs of 20C ahead Strong winds ease off for fine day 150kmh gusts on the way for Canterbury Gales and rain make miserable start to the week Severe weather warning for South Island

Cold southwesterlies will bring showers to Christchurch today.

MetService has forecast occasional showers in the city as cold southwesterlies pass through today.

A high of 8 degrees Celsius is expected, followed by a low of 2C overnight. 

Those travelling across the South Island's alpine passes have been advised to take care as snow showers are expected on the Lewis, Porters and Lindis passes. 

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About 1 to 2 centimetres of snow may settle on each of the three affected passes this morning and afternoon. 

Meanwhile, rain showers will be back in Christchurch tomorrow and Saturday as the southwesterly winds continue.

Highs of 12C are expected both days. 

The sunshine is set to return on Sunday alongside a southwest breeze, with only a chance of showers and some cloudy periods forecast.

The start of the next working week should be fine with not much wind, Metservice says. 

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- The Press


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