A wintry blast sweeping over the South Island is expected to bring sleet and force temperatures to plunge throughout South Canterbury today.
The cold front, which started making its way up the South Island last night, was expected to bring light snow to parts of inland South Canterbury and sleety rain along the coast, meteorologist Daniel Corbett said.
The drop in temperature would be the main concern for people, particularly farmers, throughout the district, he said. Today's expected high for Timaru is 9 degrees Celsius.
"Farmers will need to take care - that will be the main risk. Even if it's just some sleet, the wind chill will make it feel close to freezing."
However, Mr Corbett said South Canterbury would not be the worst hit. Strong, cold, showery southwesterlies were expected to spread over Fiordland, Southland and Otago last night, with snow falling to sea level.
South Canterbury Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman Neil Campbell was in the middle of lambing and said his ewes with twins and triplets were in the most sheltered paddocks on his farm.
While it was going to be cold, the front looked to be shortlived with it passing over Canterbury by Wednesday.
Fine weather is expected to return to the district tomorrow.
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