A heavy “three-day” snow event is buffeting New Zealand’s South Island, closing roads and increasing the avalanche threat to its highest level.
Cardrona and Treble Cone general manager Bridget Legnavsky said snow conditions were fantastic for the time of year: Treble had received 40cm (15.7 inches) through Monday night, but there was much more to come.
Metservice meteorologist Lewis Ferris said Wednesday will see snow down to 1,200m (3,900ft), and by Thursday the polar cold will drop the snow level to 500m (1,640ft) — potentially record-breaking accumulations could be experienced by some.
It’s hard to know whether it’s spring or winter in Southland and Otago, reads the opening line of recent stuff.co.nz article. Deep snow is keeping the Milford Road closed for a third consecutive day, with Milford Road alliance manager Kevin Thompson saying the avalanche risk has also been assessed as high.
The Mountain Safety Council issued a spring avalanche warning on Wednesday, saying avalanche danger levels have reached a winter-season high as heavy snowfall has blanketed alpine New Zealand.
Currently, six regions are classified as “high” danger for avalanches and four are “considerable”. High danger regions Arthur’s Pass and Wanaka each recorded several avalanches last week. The other high danger zones are Aoraki/Mt Cook, Queenstown, Fiordland, and Nelson Lakes. Tongariro, Craigieburn Ranges, Ohau, and Two Thumbs are all at “considerable” danger levels.
“The silver lining is that the past few storms have brought plenty of snow which should extend the backcountry season, so there should be plenty of good days ahead — no need to rush,” said Chief executive of the Mountain Safety Council Mike Daisley to the region’s skiers and snowboarders.
Looking forward, a heavy snow watch to 500m (1,640ft) has been issued for Southland north of Riversdale, Clutha north of Tapanui, Central Otago and inland Dunedin for Thursday afternoon.
Stay tuned for updates.
I’m sick of the lies — lies made a thousands times worse by the climatic reality that is actually fast-barreling towards us: the GRAND SOLAR MINIMUM is returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow.
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
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