14 Apr 2020

First snow of 2020 blankets parts of Southland

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:20 pm on 14 April 2020

Temperatures have plummeted in the lower south as snow fell on parts of the region early this morning.

NIWA weather forecaster Chris Brandolino tells Jesse Mulligan about this early cold snap and what we can expect in the coming weeks.

The first good snow dumping for the season on 'Mt Arthur' and 'The Twins’ in the Western Ranges of the Nelson region.

The first good snow dumping for the season on 'Mt Arthur' and 'The Twins’ in the Western Ranges of the Nelson region. Photo: Steve Webster

Snow in Kingston by Martin of Remarkable Imagery

Snow in Kingston by Martin of Remarkable Imagery Photo: Martin/Remarkable Imagery

Temperatures low enough for snow are not unprecedented at this time of year, he says.

"It’s unusual, but it’s not unheard of, we’re well and truly into mid-Autumn."

He expects this will be a "short, sharp cold snap", though, with temperatures warming up as the week progresses.

Tomorrow morning will be even colder than today, though.

"Basically the second night after a cold front passes is typically your coldest night. Snow on the ground tends to accentuate what we call radiational cooling."

Auckland can expect morning temperatures of 11 degrees, Wellington around 8 degrees, and the South Island can expect temperatures of around zero with frosts, he says.

Jesse's listeners sent in their pictures of the South Island snow this morning:

Fairlight, Southland

Fairlight, Southland Photo: Pete Van Berkel

Fairlight, Southland

Fairlight, Southland Photo: Pete Van Berkel

Ross sent us this one of snow in Kingston

Ross sent us this one of snow in Kingston Photo: Supplied

Snow in Kingston

Snow in Kingston Photo: Martin/Remarkable Imagery

Fairlight, Southland.

Fairlight, Southland. Photo: Pete Van Berkel

Tuao Wharepapa (Mt. Arthur)

Tuao Wharepapa (Mt. Arthur) Photo: Rob Corlett

Matt Hollyer's picture of snow above Lake Wakatipu.

Matt Hollyer's picture of snow above Lake Wakatipu. Photo: Matt Hollyer

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