Snow showers have eased about the Banks Peninsula this evening, after an icy chill moved across the South Island this afternoon.
Strong cold southwesterlies are expected to ease a little tonight, but will rise again early tomorrow morning, with gusts up to 100 km/h.
MetService says there will be no further severe weather watches issued tonight.
Also dropping are the strong winds and snow showers which swept
across Eastern areas of Southland earlier today.
Southerly winds from the Catlins to the Otago Peninsula are no longer expected reach severe gale force and the severe weather watch for strong winds in these areas has been lifted.
MetService predicts some snow fall around the Desert Road above 500 metres during this afternoon and evening. From 3pm to midnight today, 1 to 2cm could accumulate above 600 metres.
Snow flurries are also expected at the Rimutaka Hill road this afternoon and evening. Snow showers may lower to 400 metres, and 1 or 2 cm may amass on top of the road between 3pm and 10 pm tonight.
Showers, with hail and snow to 100 metres are predicted for the
Chatham Islands but should ease tomorrow.
Cold southwesterlies cover the country but ease later today over the North Island as a cold ridge spreads onto northern New Zealand.
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