So much for spring!

Freezing weather on the way - MetService
Last updated 13:40 28/10/2009

A bout of freezing weather is set to cover the country from later today with a "very cold" southerly flow forecast to move up from the South Island, prompting warnings for farmers to move their stock to sheltered ground.

The southerly airstream is forecast to head north over Southland and Otago this afternoon and Canterbury and Marlborough this evening, the MetService said.

"Over the South Island, snow showers are expected to lower to 300 or 400 metres in many southern and eastern areas later today," the agency said in a statement.

The MetService said snow levels should slowly rise up to over 1000m on Thursday evening, with snow showers expected to clear from most inland areas during the morning.

The southerly change was set to cross over the Cook Strait around midnight tonight before blanketing the North Island on Thursday morning, with snow showers likely to be as low as 700 metres south from Taihape and Hawke's Bay.

Wellington, Wairarapa and Manawatu are forecast to receive snow dumps as low as 500 metres early on Thursday morning.

The MetService said the snowfalls were unlikely to reach warning levels in either island.

"However snow is likely to affect many higher roads and passes in the South Island later today and also the Desert Road, Napier Taupo road and Rimutaka Hill road during Thursday morning."

"The combination of cold temperatures and strong southerly winds in exposed areas may affect livestock, and farmers are advised to move any stock at risk to sheltered areas," the MetService said.

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