VIDEO: Large deep low to bring rain and wind this weekend, colder southerlies next week

An enormous area of low pressure is forming near New Zealand over the next several days and it will produce heavy rain and strong westerly winds this weekend in some regions (mostly the west) then next week it turns more southerly in the south.

Giant Southern Ocean storm to affect NZ, another wintry blast coming (+5 Maps)

An enormous low pressure system will deepen over the Southern Tasman Sea and New Zealand area this weekend, leading to an Antractic blast in the South Island next week.

Snow falls in Hokitika, also near Greymouth, Invercargill (+Photos & Video)

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UPDATED 1:30pm --- said sea level snow was likely in Fiordland and South Westland today, but right now parts of Hokitika and Greymouth have isolated snow flurries too.

The polar blast is moving up the South Island and will track over the North Island later today, dropping temperatures nationwide as we head into Monday.

VIDEO: Stormy and sunny spells this weekend + August sees a weather pattern change

We’re in for a rough weekend and a wintry kick off to next week as a Southern Ocean storm falls apart over NZ this weekend.

Dangerous seas, heavy snow, strong to gale force winds and squally showers are all in the forecast up until Monday.

15m waves, 1m of snow, severe gales, squally rain - Here are 4 maps to make sense of it all

A Southern Ocean storm is pouncing on the South Island today bringing 15 metre waves to the remote south west corner along with severe gales, heavy snow and squally downpours with hail and isolated thunder spreading elsewhere across New Zealand.

Southern Ocean storm to roar into NZ on Friday, kicks off windy wintry weekend (+8 Maps)

A storm in the Southern Ocean is rushing towards NZ and will hit the South Island on Friday before breaking up over the North Island on Friday night and Saturday. It's the beginning of a wintry blast of weather coming in across New Zealand for four days, not easing until Monday night with the cold peaking on Sunday and Monday, after the main winds.

Tracking Barry: Mississippi River already in flood in New Orleans ahead of major rain event

Tropical Storm Barry is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall in Louisiana and New Orleans is bracing for potential catastrophic flooding with the mighty Mississippi River already in flood ahead of the storm. This is the first major test of the levees in New Orleans since deadly Hurricane Katrina (Category 3) made landfall there in 2005.

INDIA: Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm VAYU will it or won't it make landfall? (+15 Maps)

UPDATED 12:35pm NZT / 6:05am IST --- Just minutes after our first update today on Cyclone VAYU forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center updated the forecast tracking - and by quite a bit. The change to the forecast track may have a significant impact on the forecast for India (a more positive one).

INDIA: Cyclone VAYU now 'severe', may become 'extreme', Mumbai impacted (+9 Maps)

Vayu has now been classed as a 'Very Severe Cyclonic System", or VSCS, and maybe become an "Extreme Severe Cyclonic System", or ESCS, on Wednesday according to authorities. says that just like other parts of the globe there is an entirely local system in India and Pakistan for tropical storms. has the latest below on Cyclone VAYU:

INDIA: Cyclone Vayu to bring big waves, coastal flooding as offshore storm grows (+9 Maps)

4:18pm NZT/9:48am IST -- A Cyclonic Storm has been named offshore from western India and is called VAYU.

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