Snow to follow wet weekend

ASHLEIGH STEWART
Last updated 11:13 14/06/2013
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STILL CITY: Low cloud clearing over Christchurch at dawn, as seen from Dyers Pass Rd.

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Christchurch is set for a weekend of wet and dreary weather, but the rain and snow are expected to hold off long enough for the All Blacks' clash against France on Saturday night.

MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said the weather in the region would go "downhill after tomorrow" as another wet system greeted the South Island.

Saturday was expected to be mostly dry, with some early cloud, and the weather was expected to hold out long enough for the All Blacks to take on Les Bleus at AMI Stadium at 7.35pm.

"Tomorrow is the better of the days for people with outdoor plans," Corbett said.

However, on Sunday the "rain starts to work in" and it would stick around into next week.

"That rain starts in for the end of the weekend and the trip to work on Monday will probably be a wet one," he said.

While the mercury should hold steady for most of the weekend, temperatures would plummet by about Thursday.

Thursday and Friday could expect to have highs of just 7 or 8 degrees Celsius, Corbett said.

This could bring snow down to 800 metres, but Christchurch was likely to miss out again.

"I wouldn't necessarily say any snow as such for Christchurch City right now; it's more likely to be people in the high country."

Corbett likened the turbulent weather system to "an octopus doing a back somersault" as it travelled over the South Island.

Skifield operators would "have some smiles" as they could expect "a bit of a top-up" over the weekend before opening, Corbett said.

Severe-weather warnings had so far been issued only for Nelson for the weekend, although a severe-weather watch was in place for Marlborough, Westland, Canterbury and eastern Otago.

However, there was potential for a severe-weather warning to be issued for Canterbury, Corbett said.

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