First Warning Forecast: Falling temperatures, rain, wind and possible snow

Temperatures warm up some to start the week with highs back in the upper 60s to near 70 by Tuesday.

There was some concern about additional snow Saturday, but the computer guidance now is keeping the system to our south, which means just a rather cloudy day and below normal temperatures.

The moisture doesn't look very thick, and Monday will warm above freezing, so we're not talking about big amounts or long-lasting problems.

Today was a cool day and tonight temperatures are dropping near or below the freezing mark across much of the area. Snow showers will be brief, light, and have no accumulation.

Saturday will be sunny but cold, starting off near 20 degrees. Temperatures will moderate closer to near seasonable temperatures in the low 50s.

Overnight there is a freeze warning until Sunday morning. Winds are expected from the northeast at 5-10 miles per hour. But clearly it's the South Island most exposed to the cold snap with snow on the ranges and some alpine passes and only mid single digit highs for some towns. It will be dry but chilly with highs in the mid 40's.

A weak cold front moves in Monday with a few scattered showers, but makes little to no impact on temperatures. Most places have had highs only in the 20s.

On Saturday, the weather service issued a warning of winds from 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 miles per hour through Sunday morning.

Given the recent warmth and a surface temperature that won't get below 50 degrees Saturday, Maze said he does not expect any snow to accumulate on roads.

  • Leroy Wright