It’s about to get wet and wild for the weekend
Snow and showers were spread throughout Southland again yesterday, and rain is set to dampen the region over the weekend.
The day got off to a chilly start with wind gusts and rain for most parts, and snow above 200 metres in Fiordland.
State Highway 94, Te Anau to Milford Sound, was open but the NZ Transport Agency advised drivers to take extra care with the winter conditions in place.
There was also a road warning for SH1 from Gore to Dunedin because of strong winds.
The heavy snow that hit northern Southland on Wednesday moved up the country and Queenstown had a dusting yesterday.
Snow showers in the Lakes District gradually cleared in the afternoon and strong cold southerlies eased in the evening.
Today, Invercargill is expected to reach a high of just 11 degrees Celsius, while other parts of Southland could have a chilly 9C.
Southland will be partly cloudy and there will be showers about the coast this morning, spreading elsewhere in the afternoon, and strong westerlies will gradually ease. Tomorrow will be cloudy with isolated showers, westerlies and a high of 10C.
Showers in Invercargill will ease tomorrow but it will remain cloudy and the rain will return on Monday.
Wind gusts up to 120kmh are also forecast for the Kaiko¯ura coast, Wellington and Taranaki.
In Canterbury yesterday, snow fell in parts – 30cm was expected to accumulate above 500 metres, with lesser amounts down to about 300m.
Today should see signs of improvement throughout the country but showers could still fall as snow to 300m about the Kaiko ura Range, at least at first.
Tomorrow is forecast to be fine in many places, although a few showers are possible in some areas, and frosts are possible in central parts of the North Island.
The heavy snow that hit northern Southland on Wednesday moved up the country and Queenstown had a dusting yesterday
Snow begins to fall in Queenstown yesterday.