weather warning

SIGNIFICANT SNOW FOR THE CENTRAL AND LOWER NORTH ISLAND


extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast

Thursday

North Island, scattered showers in Northland, mainly fine from Auckland to Bay of Plenty and North Taranaki, showers further south falling as snow above 3 or 400 metres. South Island, showers in the south and east becoming less frequent and snow lifting to 5 or 600 metres, fine elsewhere.

Friday

North Island, scattered showers in Northland, mainly fine from Auckland to Bay of Plenty and North Taranaki, showers elsewhere becoming less frequent and snow lifting to 500 metres. South Island, becoming fine in most places, but still a few showers over Banks Peninsula, frosty inland.

Saturday

North Island, fine or becoming in most places, with morning frosts, but still a few showers in Gisborne and coastal Hawkes Bay. South Island, fine with morning frosts.

Chatham Islands

Sleety showers and strong cold southerlies on Thursday and Friday. Wind and showers both easing on Saturday.

Northland to Waitomo, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo

Periods of rain, with some heavy falls, possible squally thunderstorms and hail. Rain easing to showers during the morning and then clearing in Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo this afternoon.

Central high country, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Rain, heavy at times, with snow to 500 metres overnight, easing to a few showers today.

Taranaki to Wellington, also Wairarapa

Showers with small hail, and some heavy at first. Snow to 300 metres.

Marlborough

Mainly fine, apart from sleety showers about the coast.

Nelson, Buller, Westland and Central Otago

Fine, with severe morning frosts.

Canterbury

Sleet or snow showers about North and Mid Canterbury.

Remainder of Otago, Southland and Fiordland

Showers, with snow to near sea level gradually lifting to 400 metres.

Chatham Islands

Showers.

Conway

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Southwest 15 knots, rising to 25 knots this morning and to 35 knots this afternoon. Sea becoming very rough. Southerly swell rising to 4 metres. Poor visibility in showers.

Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 30 knots with rough sea, easing Friday evening southwest 15 knots and Saturday afternoon variable 10 knots. Heavy southerly swell easing Thursday.