A strong southerly is this morning working its way northward bringing gales to Wellington, snow to the Desert Road and hail to Auckland.
In the past few minutes the Desert Road has re-opened however WeatherWatch.co.nz forecasters believe the snow will remain “off and on” this afternoon and evening with further road closures “quite possible”. A spokeswoman at Shell Waiouru says conditions feel as though it may snow in Waiouru later today.
Dunedin Weather Watch reporter Callum Procter said snow was still falling on Dunedin’s hill suburbs this morning while further north weather analyst Richard Green says there are reports of sleet and snow to low levels around Christchurch.
“It’s sunny and dry inland though – this system is really hugging the coast” says Mr Green.
Christchurch has a southerly gusting to around 70km/h and just 3 degrees downtown. Dunedin has 4.
WeatherWatch.co.nz reports that most places in the South Island are currently below 4 degrees.
In the North Island and southerly gales gusting to 100km/h are blasting Wellington this hour and reports of hail are coming in from west and central Auckland.
It’s cold in Auckland this hour with just 9 degrees at the airport but a little warmer with 12 downtown.
on 20/05/2009 3:17am
Hi Phil ,
No snow here yet ! only sleet and small hail…temp varying from 5 deg down to 3.7deg at present… also sunny breaks between showers..
on 20/05/2009 1:02am
Heaps of Hail more so than rain not much snow on the hills a very light dusting for sugarloaf (where the broadcaster is) which is about 430m high so snow level about 400-500 if i were to guess. 4.2 degrees in burwood pressue just starting to drop off a wee bit.
on 19/05/2009 11:30pm
The Southerly has been a fizzer here. Showers through yesterday but cleared away by evening and no rain overnight and still dry here now with plenty of blue sky and 8c. with a moderate SSW wind.
on 19/05/2009 11:02pm
Heavy rain and wind throughout the night till about 4 am, hit Feilding & Palmerston North. This morning only a few patches around the district.. Overcast towards the south and blue skies over Palmy at the minute. Not all that cold. No breeze to speak of.
If the weather is to turn raw, perhaps around midday today. Traffic flows steady and no problems