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Saturday’s national forecast

The much-anticipated Tasman low is already spreading rain and wind about New Zealand this morning.

Heavy rain and strong winds are still expected about much of the country today.  The main focus will be about the western South Island and lower and eastern North Island.  Heavy snow is also still on track for the higher elevations of North Otago, Canterbury and Marlborough starting later this morning.

The low is expected to make landfall about the top of the South Island this afternoon and then quickly clear the country by tonight.

The most intense weather will begin to east this evening, although snow heavy snow could still fall about the higher elevations of Canterbury into the overnight hours.

Government forecaster MetService has rainfall warnings up for the western and northern South Island and central New Zealand, including the North Island High Country.

Strong wind warnings are in effect for the central and eastern areas of the North Island as well as Canterbury and Marlborough on the South Island.

Road Snow Warnings are up for Lewis Pass, Porters Pass, Lindis Pass and Arthurs Pass.  Significant snowfall is not expected below 400m.

Both WeatherWatch.conz forecasters and Government forecaster MetService are cautioning that this is a significant weather event.  You are urged to stay on top of the latest forecasts.


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