News from MetService
Severe southerly gales are expected in Wellington and Kapiti later today and early tomorrow.
A vigorous cold front is moving north today, spreading a strong, cold southerly flow over much of the country. Southerly gales are expected to develop over central New Zealand, with severe gales about Marlborough, Wellington, Kapiti and Taranaki.
The strongest winds are expected from evening and overnight, with gusts of 120 km/h in exposed places. Winds of this strength have the potential to damage insecure structures and make driving hazardous for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.
In addition, snow is forecast to lower to about 100-200 metres in Marlborough south of Ward and Canterbury north of Waipara, with heavy snow above about 400 metres. In some places 15-20cm could accumulate in 12 hours this afternoon and evening. People are advised that the biitterly cold blizzard-like conditions are likely to cause stress to vulnerable stock and make driving hazardous.
News from NZ Transport Agency
Motorists are urged to take care on the roads as a winter blast descends on the Central North Island. “In weather like this, you need to change your driving and respect the conditions. That means being extra cautious when it comes to watching your speeds and following distances and taking it easy on corners,” says regional performance manager Karen Boyt.
Ms Boyt says the Transport Agency particularly urges caution on the State Highway 1 Desert Road and on central north island roads in general, where snow fall and high winds are expected later today and tomorrow morning. She says contractors will be monitoring the road closely to ensure it remains as safe as possible.
“Before heading out on the road, we advise everyone to check the latest highway conditions or traffic cams online so you’re armed with the best information to help you on your journey.”
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