NZ, South Island farmers are being warned to prepare as yet another polar blast –possibly the most brutal of the year– edges closer.
MetService is warning that freezing gale force winds and hefty snow accumulations over the next few days could prove deadly for New Zealand livestock.
Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths said the worst weather would arrive late tomorrow, with the freezing wind causing the biggest problems.
“Really, it’s the end of Tuesday and into early Wednesday that we’ll see progressively colder air come up and over New Zealand, and we’re expecting that snow level to really lower over the lower south.”
Southland and Otago were likely to be hardest hit with snow flurries potentially settling down to 200m, and even towards sea level in isolated flurries.
Griffiths said the North Island won’t be spared, with a snow warning for the Desert Road on Tuesday and damaging winds expected in Auckland.
WeatherWatch.co.nz head forecaster Philip Duncan said, “This looks to be one of the more significant southerlies of 2018,” and it comes just a week after NEW ZEALAND FARMERS LOSE 100,000 LAMBS AFTER BRUTAL SPRING STORMS.