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Snow for Wellington tonight?

Snow now in Waikato/Across South Island

Sleet/Hail in Palmerston North, Wellington

North Island

Snow is falling as far north as the Kaimai Ranges in the Waikato as the winter storm moves in.  Snow has fallen down to 800 metres on Mt Te Aroha in the Eastern Waikato.   TRN’s Weather Watch Centre now estimates light snow is falling as far north as Auckland across the Coromandel Peninsula’s highest peaks.

Snow clouds can be seen around Auckland city and Waikato. “They tend to have a bronze tinge to them” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “If Sky Tower was 3 times its height it would be snowing on the top”. Duncan says the freezing level will lower to around 1000 metres over Auckland today.

Palmerston North has been hit by a big hail and sleet storm, as has Wanganui.  Police are warning motorists to take extreme care.

(image courtesy of Coast radio listener Dawn Pettersen, Palmerston North)

Wellington Weather Watch reporter Lee Densem says a brief sleet shower just passed through the Capital and head weather analyst Philip Duncan says snow will fall to low levels on the ranges around Wellington tonight.  “For those who live on the hilltops sleet and maybe even some snow flakes could fall over the next 12 to 18 hours”.  He says the weather will be very cold for the All Blacks game tonight with a ‘feels like’ temperature of zero degrees at kick off along with a gale force southerly.  “It may sleet during the game”.

Duncan says snow will most likely close the Rimutaka Ranges highway tonight with snow falling as low as 200 or 300 metres.

The Desert road remains closed in the North Island with the Weather Watch Centre expecting snow flurries to last right through Sunday and possibly off and on until Tuesday.

South Island

In the South Island our Invercargill Weather Watch reporter Malcolm Gayfer says it’s sleeting in Gore and it’s been snowing steadily in Queenstown all night with reports of up to 7 inches [18cms] since yesterday.

Meanwhile our reporter in Dunedin, Callum Procter says all sports in the city have been closed with “blizzard like conditions”.

Several roads in the South Island remain closed due to snow and ice.

Duncan says sleet or snow will be likely in Invercargill, Dunedin, Queenstown, Oamaru, Ashburton, Timaru, Christchurch and even Kaikoura over the next 24 hours and advises motorists to take extreme care.

The Weather Watch Centre’s Lightning Radar has recorded around 2600 strikes today mostly along the nation’s west coast. 


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Guest on 14/08/2011 5:40am

It;s rainy heavily in Featherston at the moment, we are waiting for the Snow!

It is snowing in Wainuiomata, like never before apparently!!!!

Alan on 9/08/2008 5:43am

We live on one of the highest hills in Wellington — we just had the sleet shower pass through with signs of snow…ish. We had hail earlier this afternoon. AWESOME!

Guest on 5/07/2008 12:24pm

driving back from Newmarket tonight at around 11pm there was significant build up of ice/snow? in the gutters. Could it have been sleeting whilst we were at the movies??

WW Forecast Team on 5/07/2008 9:54pm

I thought the same thing at first but it was in fact hail.  Virtually non stop hail showers all night across Auckland…still a few small hail showers out there but all should be gone by this afternoon.



Leigh on 5/07/2008 5:11am

Any confirmation of snow on the Kaimais, Phil??

WW Forecast Team on 5/07/2008 5:26am

Yep, snow was seen this morning on Mt Te Aroha by locals…estimated it lowered to about 800 metres.  Probably be a snow flurry or two overnight too, but skies now clearing across north western New Zealand.

Inny Binny on 5/07/2008 1:35am

Well, looks like you got it right. Almost blizzard-like conditions in Prebbleton.

Ants on 5/07/2008 1:20pm

I’m just pleased to be living in Brisbane.
Snuggle up Kiwis Lol.

Cam on 5/07/2008 1:02am

Incredibly cold in Christchurch – snow out in Sumner and gale force winds in the city.. incredible!!

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