A cold and disturbed southwesterly airstream covers New Zealand with one front lying north to south through Otago and Southland. Further cold fronts lie over southern Westland and north Fiordland. Slow moving depressions lie south of the South Island and east of the Chatham Islands. A slow moving anticyclone lies southwest of Adelaide and covers much of Australia. The cold southwesterly airstream over New Zealand is bringing snow to low levels over the southern half of the South Island. Conditions will remain very slow moving over the country for the next several days.
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for cloudy to overcast skies with showers of sleet and snow. The snow could be heavy above 400 metres. The snow level rising to 600 metres this afternoon. Cold temperatures. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 6.5 degrees. Wanaka 6.8 degrees. Kinloch 6.6 degrees. Arrowtown 6.0 degrees. Frosts this morning Queenstown minus 2.9 degrees. Arrowtown minus 4.8 degrees. 5 cm snow lying in Arrowtown. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest gale 65 kph developing this morning, then easing to 40 kph in the evening. At 2000 metres northwest severe gale 110 kph developing early morning, easing to gale 70 kph in the afternoon and to 40 kph at night. Freezing level lowering to 500 metres early morning, then gradually rising to 800 metres. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston, Glenorchy and Wanaka 6 degrees. For Cromwell and Alexandra 7 degrees.
Tomorrow partly cloudy with a few showers of rain or sleet. Snow down to 500 metres, more particularly about Kingston. The snow level lifting in the evening. Light to moderate northwesterly winds turning light southerly during the morning.
Saturday cloudy with a few showers developing in the afternoon. Snow down to 700 metres. Fresh southwesterlies, strong or gale force in exposed areas.
Sunday any showers clearing and becoming fine during the morning. Fresh to strong southerlies, decreasing during the day. Light frosts in many places at night.