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Cold southerly to snake its way up NZ this weekend (+3 Maps)

A few low level snow flurries in the forecast for the lower South Island today is a reminder we have cold change moving up NZ this weekend.

No video today, so instead we have 9 Weather Maps!

Another cold front is coming with rain and snow. While fairly dry conditions remain over the North Island today the next area of rain starts to affect the western South Island. The westerly flow brings moderate to heavy rain/mountain snow and helps lift temperatures in the east for a time.

Colder southerly on the way, more rain coming this weekend

We have a polar southerly on the way for the next 24 hours before things do finally warm up, calm down and dry out in a number of places.

However by Friday rain returns to the West Coast and this weekend we see more rain pushing over the North Island with another colder change behind it. More snow for the ski fields is a positive.

No storm over NZ next week, but enormous low nearby will alter our weather pattern

The enormous area of low pressure we talked about earlier this week is still forecast for next week and is still likely to influence our weather with a colder, windier, sou'wester. 

Here are the positives and negatives we can see weatherwise with this big belt of low pressure which will not directly hit NZ but certainly influences our weather pattern next week for a time.

Basic Timeline to make sense of large complex low coming our way (+6 Maps)

A very large and complicated low pressure system is building in our part of the world and peaks next week as a number of lows merge to create one enormous area of low pressure.

Once again, after attacking us, Metservice now agrees with us...

Last year we were "fearmongers" for advanced warnings of Cyclone Gita, despite the next day MetService agreeing with us. Well guess what just happened?

Snow falls in Hokitika, also near Greymouth, Invercargill (+Photos & Video)

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UPDATED 1:30pm --- said sea level snow was likely in Fiordland and South Westland today, but right now parts of Hokitika and Greymouth have isolated snow flurries too.

The polar blast is moving up the South Island and will track over the North Island later today, dropping temperatures nationwide as we head into Monday.

Southern Ocean storm to roar into NZ on Friday, kicks off windy wintry weekend (+8 Maps)

A storm in the Southern Ocean is rushing towards NZ and will hit the South Island on Friday before breaking up over the North Island on Friday night and Saturday. It's the beginning of a wintry blast of weather coming in across New Zealand for four days, not easing until Monday night with the cold peaking on Sunday and Monday, after the main winds.

VIDEO: Sub-tropical winds and mostly dry weather despite two lows

NZ remains stuck in between weather systems for at least another week. It places us on the edge of large highs and a couple of lows.

However for the most part rainfall numbers will be blow normal over most of New Zealand.