Snow day

After several days of dire forecasts it looks like being a snow day in Dunedin today. There’s a very light smattering of snow on the ground and it is current snowing gently.

The forecast is still mixed – “Sleety rain, snow flurries about the hills. Cold southeast” – with light precipitation off and on through the day. It is currently 0.8 degrees in Dunedin (MetService), and on the University weather site it has risen to 1.0 degrees from a low of 0.3 but there is no sign of snow on their webcam (close to sea level).

The Roslyn webcams give a good indication of the state of the city, in the hill suburbs at least. One view:

RoslynWebcamSnow

So it is currently snowing there too with a light covering of snow on the road but many peoeple would drive on that.

Roslyn is about 150 metres compared to 100 metres where I live which can make a difference.

The Northern Motorway will either be closed or is likely to be causing problems for some motorists.

I won’t know what this means for my day until it gets light in a couple of hours. The snow could have increased by then, or it could have stopped and melted back. So I may or may not get a snow day at home, olr a part snow day, with light overnight snow it is often ok to drive by mid morning.

We will see what daylight gives us. But going by the current Highgate pics it looks like more snow for a while anyway:

RoslynWebcamSnow2

Increasing but still passable for the foolhardy – it’s silly to be driving in these conditions especially as it is deteriorating.

Temperatures have dropped slightly in the last half hour but that’s common just before dawn.

But this doesn’t give me a day off work. I do most of my work by phone and online and wee are prepared for the occasional bit of weather, so I just communicate from a different location, and have important work that needs to be done today.

UPDATE: that flurry has already passed by, and there has been more traffic in Roslyn.

Another update:

RoslynWebcamSnow3

It was a short snowfall that is clearing quickly off the roads already. This is fairly typical. Looks like work on time unless another flurry comes through.

Schools are closed until 10.00 am and hill suburbs are likely to be risky.

ODT:

Snow and ice have closed Dunedin’s Northern Motorway, prompted a delayed start for many schools and affected bus services in the city this morning

The Hits: DUNEDIN NOTICES for Friday (updated 7:51am)

SCHOOL/KINDY CLOSURES/DELAYED STARTS
All primary and intermediate schools and Dunedin kindergartens from Mosgiel to Port Chalmers to Waikouaiti – delayed start at 10am

info on whether particular classes are being held.

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11 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  5th August 2016

    “SCHOOL/KINDY CLOSURES/DELAYED STARTS”

    Explains why the kindy schoolgirl got one in here.

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  2. Zedd

     /  5th August 2016

    I woke to heavy frost & sleet falling.. went to PakNSave this morning, many cars in carpark covered in snow (likely down from hill suburbs). BUT the sun is peeking out, at the moment, from behind thick clouds. 🙂

    I quite like the snow, BUT not freezing my A off ! 😀

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    • Gezza

       /  5th August 2016

      Get a cold Southerly blowing into my old stomping grounds of New Plymouth over & around the incredibly regal & beautiful snow-clad Mt Taranaki, at this time of year, it’d freeze ya B’s off.

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      • Gezza

         /  5th August 2016

        Tame Iti – Operation 8 – looks like – On AJ, right now Zedd!
        1.07pm

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  5th August 2016

          We had some light rain on and off , but it was warm enough for me to go barefoot and have doors and windows open. I saw people in short sleeves going past.

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          • Gezza

             /  5th August 2016

            Some of the parents round here are terrible – their kids are running around without any shirts on at all:

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  5th August 2016

        Mt Taranaki is mostly a myth. There’s just cloud up there. I spent most of a year visiting while we were writing the TSB banking software and you could never see it.

        But I did have one flight over it on a summer evening with the light casting shadows across the valleys and it was magic.

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        • Gezza

           /  5th August 2016

          True dat. It makes weather forecasting easy though, Alan. We always used to say:
          If you can’t see the mountain, it’s raining.
          If you can see the mountain, it’s going to rain.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  5th August 2016

            Yes, they told me that. Of the first eight flights I took from Auckland to New Plymouth, only two actually got there. The worst one was we saw the airfield through the clouds (grass runway) and then turned around and went back to Auckland.

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            • Gezza

               /  5th August 2016

              Wimps !

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  5th August 2016

              Considering the flights’ check in was at 6:40am and I had to get to Mangere from Devonport for them, even less complimentary words came to mind.

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