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Saturday’s national forecast

A low over the North Island brings a strong southeasterly airflow, heavy rain in the east with heavy snow about the Central Plateau and ranges of Hawkes bay. The South Island has showers in the east and snow flurries to low levels mostly clearing in the evening, heavy frosts develop overnight especially inland. Watch for potential Black Ice on the roads.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
The odd shower with northwesterly winds, some rain late afternoon as a gusty southeast change develops, rain easing later in the evening. The Bay Of Plenty and Waikato may be dry for a time in the morning.
Highs: 10-13
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Areas of rain, dry spells at times too more so in the west. Strong southeasterly winds gusting to gale about Taranaki and Kapiti. Heavy snow about the Central Plateau to 600m lowering to 500m by evening.
Highs: 5-11
Eastern North Island
Rain with heavy falls, more so northern Wairapapa northwards. Winds strong to gale from the southeast. Snow to 500m about the Wairarapa lowers to 400m overnight. Snow to 600m about Hawkes Bay lowers to 500m overnight. Snow mainly sticks above 800m in the ranges behind Gisborne.
Highs: 10-12 
Cloudy with the odd shower, mainly this morning with the odd snow flurry to 300m. Accumulations will be minor. Winds strong to gale from the southeast.
High: 8
Marlborough & Nelson
Mostly cloudy about Marlborough with gusty southeasterly winds, strong about the coast and especially the Sounds. There may be a shower or two about otherwise mainly dry. Cloud breaking overnight and becoming frosty. Nelson is mainly sunny during the day with moderate south to southeast breezes.
Highs: 9-10
Showers with a few low level snow flurries (200 to 100m), a chance of a near sea level snow flurry or two in the evening before shower activity clears away. Accumulations during the day will only be small if not non-existent. Winds cold from the south during the day, cloud breaking overnight with heavy frosts developing, especially inland.
High: 7
West Coast
Mainly sunny weather with breezy southeasterly winds.
Highs: 7-10
Southland & Otago
Any early showers clear inland then morning cloud breaks to mostly sunny weather, a cold start inland. Near the Otago coast expect mostly cloudy skies during the day and the odd shower, chance of a low level snow flurry then clearing in the evening. Light winds tend southeasterly.
Highs: 4-7

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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