Snow has fallen this morning over parts of the South Island with sleet falling as far north as Christchurch. Queenstown received light flurries earlier today while snow fell to low levels in Southland. Our South Island Weather Analyst Richard Green said snow fell on Dunedin’s hilltops and the northern motorway. Green also reported sleet and hail this morning in Christchurch.
Reports of hail storms in the North Island have also come in today from Wanganui, Auckland and Whangarei.
Gales are roaring across the entire North Island with gusts to 130km/h at Castlepoint this hour.
The only settled places today appear to be Nelson and Gisborne – the nations two sunny spots.
And if you thought it was all gradually easing – there’s plenty more on the way.
“Winds will ease overnight in northern NZ – tomorrow will be a rest day there – but it will begin again in central and southern regions tomorrow as yet another large cold front approaches. Severe North West gales are likely across inland South Island and Marlborough, Wellington and Wairarapa” says Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan. “Then on Thursday strong norwesters will cover the rest of the North Island”.
MetService has again issued heavy rain warnings for the South Island’s west coast and wind warnings for central New Zealand tomorrow.
“On Friday thunderstorms, heavy showers and more cold south westerlies will spread over the entire country”.
Duncan says conditions will improve over northern New Zealand for the weekend, but central and southern regions are likely to remain quite windy.
Christchurch – Current windchill of minus 3.
Wellington – winds gusting to 120km/h
Kaikoura, Kapiti Coast, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay – winsd gusting to 85km/h
Auckland – winds up to 100km/h and a wind chill of just 6 or 7 degrees.
Whangarei – winds gusting to gale force.