Strong winds and snow causes travel chaos across the country during wild winter storm this morning

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This was the live weather updates from this morning, for the latest news click on the following link: 1 NEWS NOW live storm updates.

 

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12:05pm Fiona Samuel has sent 1 NEWS these pictures of flooding in Masterton, which she says is getting worse.

Henley Lake flooding in Masterton.

Henley Lake flooding in Masterton.

Source: Facebook/ Fiona Samuel

Flooding on Stronvar Rd Masterton.

Flooding on Stronvar Rd Masterton.

Source: Facebook/ Fiona Samuel

11:50am

11:15am Reports are coming in of severe surface flooding in Masterton as the storm moves slowly north, with MetService saying a further 70mm to 100mm of rain is expected over the 24-hour period up to midnight tonight for the Wairarapa region.

11:00am Conner Southwick sent through these impressive shots from the Hawke's Bay saying: 

"We were the last car through before the road closed!! Trucks stuck everywhere."

Snow in the Hawke's Bay.

Snow in the Hawke's Bay.

Source: Supplied/ Conner Southwick

Trucks stuck in the snow.

Trucks stuck in the snow.

Source: Supplied/ Connor Southwick

10:48am Metlink Wellington says all turbo-prop flights from Wellington Airport have been suspended due to strong winds.

10:40am Some helpful advice from Hawke's Bay civil defence:

"Be prepared for possible power cuts and stay warm inside – maybe for those enjoying the school holidays dust off the long lost board games in your closet!"

10:25am With snow continuing to fall, this resourceful person in Ohakune has taken to skiing their way around town.

Skiing the streets in Ohakune.

Skiing the streets in Ohakune.

Source: Supplied/ Toby Ward

10:05am 

9.35am NZTA is advising people to consider delaying any travel through the central North Island until next week. NZTA's Karen Boyt, says this is a significant weather event and everyone in the central North Island and up in to the Waikato region should be delaying non-essential travel.

9:14am Wellington Airport says Air NZ has suspended regional flights in and out of Wellington, jets are still flying but conditions are changing so there will be further cancellations and delays.

8:57am The Napier-Taupo Road has been closed due to heavy snow, NZTA advises.

8:55am After people reported waves hitting trains during their morning commute in Wellington, at least one service to Mellville has been cancelled due to the severe weather.

8:45am Niwa is reporting Baring Head just offshore Wellington in the Cook Strait had a sustained wind speed of 156 km/h this morning, the highest wind gusts in nearly 11 years.

8:30am The Wellington City Council has released a weather update urging travellers to take care as reports of trees, branches, slips and iron roofing coming loose in the storm are being reported in different parts of the city. 

Roads around the south coast are, however, still open as at 8am but motorists are warned to take care in case waves drive debris ashore. The situation will be reviewed during the morning. 

8:25am Snowed in at the Chateau on Mt Ruapehu, there could be worse places to be stuck in a storm.

Here is a photo out our window from the Chateau, so cool!

Here is a photo out our window from the Chateau, so cool!

Source: Supplied/ Elliot Wallace

8:15am A warning from the NZTA over travel today.

Mark Owens from NZTA is urging Kiwis to exercise caution on the roads during the extreme weather.
Source: Breakfast

8:00am

7:45am NIWA is reporting sustained wind gusts of 120km/h at Baring Head, just offshore in Cook Strait as of 6am this morning, which is equivalent to a category three cyclone.

7:30am

7:18am Wellington Electricity have reported there are now over 1000 homes without power in the region as high winds take down powerlines and trees in the capital. They hope to have power restored in two hours time.

7:13am MetService say they recorded a 167km/h wind gust in the Cook Strait this morning, good thing the ferries have been cancelled!

7:05am Police are urging motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel in the lower and central North Island. They also say high winds are beginning to have an impact in Wellington with roofs from homes being lifted, scaffolding falling onto power lines and a garden shed in Khandallah being blown onto the road.

Heavy rain in the Wairarapa has also caused flooding in Carterton. 

6:45am More road closures and a warning coming in from NZTA, this time from the North Island's Central Plateau:

SH47, SH4 & SH49 has now closed this morning. SH1 is now closed from Taihape. Please take extra care on the roads.

Central New Zealand is expected to cop the worst off the heavy downpours forecast.
Source: Breakfast

6:40am Wellington Electricity has an outage affecting about 200 customers in Paekakariki Hill, Judgeford and Pauatahanui in Porirua north of the city, with a further 380 properties without power in Newlands Johnsonville and Paparangi.

6:35am Here is a list of road closures so far this morning:

State Highway 73 from Springfield through Arthur's Pass to Otira

State Highway 70 between Peketa and Waiau

Seven from Springs Junction to the Hanmer Springs turnoff

State Highway 87 from Middlemarch to Outram

State Highway 85 from Becks to Kyeburn and onto Palmerston

State Highway 93 from Mataura to Clinton

Breakfast weatherman Matty McLean has the latest weather forecast.
Source: Breakfast

After freezing temperatures and snow caused travel chaos yesterday, the polar blast is far from over, with more rain gales and snow on the way.

Central New Zealand will see the worst of the weather today, with heavy downpours forecast and winds likely to reach 140km/h especially in Wellington.

The heaviest snow will be in North Canterbury, Kaikoura and the central North Island high country, snow is likely to build up to 20cm in the worst affected areas.

Travel will once again be impacted with road closures still in place in the South Island and Interisland ferries cancelled until Friday.

Domestic flights from all major airports are also likely to be impacted, with travellers urged to check the status of their flights before leaving home.

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