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Heavy rain continues

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Heavy rain continues to fall across the North Island today with reports of flooding coming in from Gisborne.

Our Gisborne Weather Watch reporter Darryl Mallett says there's been heavy rain, surface flooding and now water pouring out of manholes.

Mr Mallett says 78mm of rain has fallen in the city in the past 24 hours.

Rain reaches northern NZ

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A developing low pressure system in the northern Tasman Sea is very slowly deepening and moving towards northern New Zealand.

As of 11:30pm a band of patchy rain and drizzle spreads over Northland.  Fog has returned to parts of Auckland and may not clear until after sunrise if winds remain calm.

Thick fog lifts over Auckland

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Fog has started to lift across Auckland following a morning of unusually thick fog.

The fog and low cloud also caused major problems at Auckland airport with flights grounded - however NZPA now reports flights have resumed.

Ohakune Mountain Mardis Gras: forecast

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Final Update

Conditions aren't looking too bad at this stage for tomorrow's mardi gras in Ohakune.  A big low out in the Tasman is going to be moving towards the North Island but there is a window of dry weather for today...

Wet for the North this weekend

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Wild weather is expected to sweep over much of the North Island this weekend, but at least it should be warmer, forecasters say. says moist air being brought down from the sub-tropics by the weather system would lift temperatures.

"It's definitely goodbye frosts for the north with this low moving in."

Heavy rain across North Island; 6 rain warnings issued

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Torrential rain will move across northern New Zealand this weekend prompting MetService to issued 6 heavy rain warnings Friday afternoon. describes the system as "slow with a core of intense rain which may cause some flooding". 

Black Ice warning on BoP roads

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Police are warning drivers in the western Bay of Plenty that there is black ice on the roads.

Sergeant Mark Holmes said State Highway 29 over the Kaimai Ranges and State Highway 36 between Rotorua and Tauranga are particularly bad.

He said the roads were open but drivers should take "extreme caution".

Black ice closes road in Coromandel

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A logging truck has rolled on the road between Thames and Tairua, State Highway 25, in the Coromandel.

Live electrical wires have fallen across the truck.

Inspector Shawn Rutene said no one had been injured but the road had been closed.  He said the road between Thames and Tairua would be closed for two hours due to black ice.


This is why we have winter - Turoa opens today!

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The cold southerlies making their way up the North Island will bring smiles to the faces of the hundreds of ski bunnies about to hit Turoa's slopes for the start of its season today.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts marketing manager Mike Smith said snowmaking facilities were working overtime for the 4000 people expected over the weekend.

Antarctic air moves into upper North Island

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The Antarctic southerly continues to work its way up the North Island Tuesday evening with the polar air almost in Auckland.

As of 9:30pm the cold air was spreading across Waikato and shortly into Auckland.  Temperatures south of Waikato are dropping fast this evening.  It's just 2 degrees in Taupo, Palmerston North, Ohakea and it's already -3 in Waiouru.

Showers are clearing Auckland and by 10pm showers should clear the city completely...