Cold blast will be worst yet – Queenstown forecaster


The Wakatipu can expect a blizzard worse than last month’s polar blast, a veteran Queenstown weather forecaster predicts. 

Heavy snowfall in downtown Queenstown three Sundays back shut down flights in and out of Queenstown Airport, closed schools and made roads treacherous. 

Queenstown-based David Crow says residents should again get ready for blizzard-like conditions and a prolonged Antarctic outbreak. 

“All in all, it’s going to be a pretty rough couple of days. Don’t venture out unless you have to,” Crow warns. 

“This is going to be fairly prolonged Antarctic outbreak, worse than the one we had two and a half weeks ago with temperatures possibly becoming even colder. 

“It’ll be really blizzard like conditions.” 

Crow’s day-by-day predictions are: 

TODAY (Sunday): Periods of snow, plummeting temperatures as Antarctic air blows through 

TOMORROW (Monday): Heavier blizzard-like conditions 

TUESDAY: Slightly worse than Monday – still snowing by then with intermittent cold southerlies 

WEDNESDAY: Improving a bit – cold but not as intensely cold as the previous couple of days 

THURSDAY: Weather shouldn’t be too bad. But ridge of high pressure to the south-west which could accentuate cold southerly air stream.


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