VIDEO: Wintry blast coming - we track the gales, snow and sunshine

We have a cold blast moving in nationwide for Wednesday and Thursday and while it does contain some low level snow and gale force winds there will also be some regions that remain sunny and mild - we focus on the nasty weather and those in for sun and dry.

The main event is Wednesday and into Thursday before easing.

Wintry Wednesday & Thursday - Gales, cold, snow but some still have warm sun (+11 Maps)

SPECIAL UPDATE: We have all the maps and infographics about the wintry blast moving in for Wednesday and Thursday nationwide. After several days of above normal temperatures many parts of the country will finally be below average by day (although some have just hit the reset back to normal after being so much warmer than normal recently).

Rest of September: High pressure and westerlies to dominate (+2 Long range Maps)

If you're wondering how the remainder of September is shaping up, we may have a clue: More high pressure and more westerlies. As a cooler south to south west change moves up NZ today a large high on Wednesday will start to push in from the Tasman Sea area bringing lighter, more variable winds.

Massive electrical storm over Tasman Sea stands out globally, weakens as moves into NZ

Updated 2:27am Sunday --- Thousands of lightning flashes lit up the Tasman Sea on Saturday night and on a global scale it stood out as one of the largest on earth.

Track Hurricane Dorian here via CNN's live storm tracker

The eye of Category 2 Hurricane Dorian is now brushing North Carolina USA and could make landfall. Even if no landfall it's a bad set up with the eye of the storm brushing the coastline as it tracks NE.

VIDEO: Hurricane Dorian special update + latest on NZ’s upcoming colder change

We have the latest aerial footage via CNN showing catastrophic damage to The Bahamas over the past few days as Hurricane Dorian stalled above.

We also have the latest tracking map which paints a more positive picture for the USA as Dorian starts to finally weaken.

VIDEO: 2 lows with sub-tropical connections for NZ + an update on Hurricane Dorian

New Zealand has two big lows coming towards us between now and Sunday with both tapping into sub-tropical airflows and rain.

It’'s generally good news for the North Island that, despite what some may think, does actually need much more rain to set us up nicely for the drier months of summer.

VIDEO: Windier westerlies coming, next week dominated by early spring pattern

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We have a windier change coming in behind the large low currently in the NZ area.

Colder southerly on the way, more rain coming this weekend

We have a polar southerly on the way for the next 24 hours before things do finally warm up, calm down and dry out in a number of places.

However by Friday rain returns to the West Coast and this weekend we see more rain pushing over the North Island with another colder change behind it. More snow for the ski fields is a positive.

New Maps paint more 3D picture of Wednesday's brief polar change (+4 Maps)

As forecasters that specialise in communicating the weather we always want to find maps that visually 'pop' - like these new ones from