Winter not over just yet

MetService has issued a weather watch for significant amounts of snow in north Otago and south Canterbury.
MetService has issued a weather watch for significant amounts of snow in north Otago and south Canterbury. Photo credit: Newshub.

Winter could be overstaying its welcome for South Island farmers.

MetService has issued a weather watch for significant amounts of snow in north Otago and south Canterbury.

"This snow is expected to affect southern and eastern areas south of about the Waimakariri River Sunday night and Monday morning, and is likely to extend further north later into Monday," MetService said on its website.

"People are advised that strong cold southerlies combined with snow is likely to create blizzard conditions about higher ground during this time."

Various passes have snow warnings too - check them on the MetService website.

There are also heavy rain watches in place for Bay of Plenty east of Opotiki, Mt Taranaki and the Tararuas.

Mark Adams from Federated Farmers says people are weary of random cold snaps.

"Our productions systems are based outside. We put a lot of thought into how we might manage adverse weather when we are lambing."

Mr Adams says farmers will be readying their sheltered areas in case of snow.

"It adds anxiety because snow is hugely disruptive. It's random as to who gets it, and how much they get."

The lowest high temperature on Saturday, the first day of spring, was recorded in Dunedin - 11degC. The warmest location was Hastings, with 20degC.

Newshub.