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Snow and sleet falling across the country – Detailed #WeatherRisks for Friday

Snow is falling in parts of both islands this morning, as the cold southwesterly airflow which has kept temperatures down through the day continues to influence our weather!

About inland Canterbury (above 300m) there is the possibility of 5 to 10cm, with up to 15cm in places above 400m. South Canterbury will likely only see light flurries, but the wind flow is more southerly – meaning showers are penetrating a bit further into the South Canterbury area.

The East Coast of the North Island could see totals of 5 to 10cm above 200m, which has already created issues for the Napier Taupo road and highways above that level.

Wellingtonians have woken to a white blanket in parts – with temperatures down to 1.8 degrees last night and an expected high today of only seven degrees.

The Rimutaka Hill Rd between Wellington and Wairarapa is closed because of snow and Wellington city’s hilly suburbs could be in for a sprinkling, but with daytime sunshine the chances of very low level snow becomes more and more remote.

The West Coast of the South Island has had a frosty start – especially inland – while the same goes for about the Lake Taupo area northwards through to the Waikato and inland Bay Of Plenty, not major frosts but –2 to –3 possible.

A ridge moves over the lower South Island overnight Thursday and into Friday morning – bringing more frosty conditions, with the possibility of temperatures in the double figure negatives in really sheltered areas.

– Aaron Wilkinson & Drew Chappell/NZME

– Photo: Wild Bay NZ


Guest on 9/07/2015 4:51am

Snowing in Gisborne this afternoon.

Guest on 9/07/2015 1:35am

Guyyys! Im In Eksdale NZ, Elev 30m, we have just has two snow flurries. Reports too of snow in Napier (sea level) You guys did forecast it!, Well done!! 😀

Guest on 9/07/2015 12:44am

There was a good dusting of snow on Pirongia this morning.  All peaks had a white dusting like icing sugar on them.  Looked very pretty with the sun shining on it this morning.

Guest on 8/07/2015 10:36pm

Hi Guys. I live over a hill 20km west of Napier ASL 50m. Could i get a flurry, or sleet?

WW Forecast Team on 9/07/2015 2:06am

Always live in hope, chances seem slim for you but who knows 😀 It could happen if a shower is heavy enough to drag a few flurries down with it.


Guest on 8/07/2015 9:20pm

HHi there. Do you think all the snow has now passed in wellington or is there another burst this afternoon? Had the snow to 200 last night and just settled. Any chance of more and how much to what levels you seeing? 

Spot on so far


Thanks (:

WW Forecast Team on 8/07/2015 9:23pm

Hi there

We expect snow flurries on and off today to 200m but we do think it’ll ease up a bit this afternoon / evening, it remains cold enough but the shower activity dies a bit.


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