Fine weather for the parts of the South Island this weekend could be short lived with snow forecasted at sea level and gale force winds early this week.
MetService have today issued a weather watch for the Banks Peninsula and eastern areas of Southland and Otago tomorrow as a cold front crosses the South Island.
MetService said there is the possibility of snow flurries to near sea-level in Southland and Otago during Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
The forecaster said winds about exposed coastal hills from the Catlins to the Otago Peninsula are likely to rise to gale force during Monday morning, and gusts may reach warning levels between midday and midnight.
Gusts around the Banks Peninsula are expected to surge during Monday afternoon and could come close to warning strength from Monday evening until early Tuesday morning.
MetService said cold temperatures are also expected behind the front leading to significant wind chills in exposed places.
A snow storm caused disruptions in the South Island last week.
All Air New Zealand flights in and out of Christchurch were cancelled and thousands were left facing a freezing night without power.
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