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Queen’s Birthday drive home

Road conditions are expected to be mostly dry for much of the day as motorists head home from the long weekend however the high road toll doesn’t appear to have had much to do with the weather.

A few showers first thing are expected about Auckland and the Waikato pluscsome near the coast are possible about Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. Elsewhere, frosty conditions could see some icy roads first thing this morning and shaded areas in the south need to be treated with caution especially across alpine passes.

Road, rail, air and ferry services aren’t expected to be affected by any adverse weather conditions across the country today.

Sunstrike is potentially an issue early this morning for those areas under clear skies and again from 4.30pm onwards this afternoon as the sun begins to set however some cloud could roll in by then for western and southern regions.

Roads are looking more of a challenge tomorrow as a rain band starts to move across the country but wet and snowy conditions over many parts of the east and south of the Mainland tomorrow and tomorrow night could make it potentially very risky without chains over higher inland areas.

Following this southerly outbreak, heavy frosts are likely across the south potntially leaving highways and minor roads very icy. 

Story by weather analyst Richard Green

Pic of Mt Cook

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