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New Zealand: MetService warns South Island Farmers to brace for Heavy Spring Snow during Lambing and Calving Season

Yet another spring snowstorm is forecast to batter NZ’s South Island this week, with the cold and accumulating snow expected to have a “severe impact” on farmers during lambing and calving season.

MetService has issued a “heavy snow watch” from South Canterbury’s Rangitata River to Wanaka and Naseby in Otago, for Tuesday evening — with “flurries expected on-and-off for the rest of the week”.

MetService meteorologist Kyle Lee urged South Cantabrians to secure outdoor possessions ahead of the wind, rain and snow expected to batter the region this week.


“The whole South Island can expect to see wet and windy weather tomorrow [Tuesday] with snow lowering to as low as 300 metres in inland parts of Canterbury, the heaviest snow above 500m,” Lee said. “Although it is not common to get snow this low at this time of year, we’ve seen it before during those cooler, more unsettled spring seasons.”


Jason Grant, Federated Farmers South Canterbury branch president, adds that the forecast snow “will have a severe impact on lambs and ewes wanting to get a bit of grass”.

Another front is expected to hit the region on Saturday, making for a poor start to Labour Weekend.

The cold times are returning in line with historically low solar activity.

NASA has recently revealed this next solar cycle (25) will be “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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