The cold southerly is only today just setting in across the country and thereâ€™s a chance that more moisture will make for much heavier snow and rain for the North Islandâ€™s eastern ranges and regions over the next two days. This will also likely impact the Cook Strait area and the upper South Island.
Towards Friday, high pressure builds in the South Island and that will help dry things out and bring the sun back out, but frosty at night, possibly severe.
The North Island sees more rain in the east and snow inland in the ranges and mountains and some State Highways, but again, things do ease across Friday.
By Saturday, a large high crosses most of NZ. The cold southerly continues in northern Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne for Saturday, though, easing by the end of the day.
Sunday is dry and settled for the North Island, but rain and NW winds return to the South Island.
Next week, there’s another big low coming our way with sub-tropical rain this time.