Wellington Scoop

Rimutaka Hill road reopens after overnight snowfall

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MetService photo

The Rimutaka Hill Road was closed by snow this morning. It reopened soon after midday. The Desert Road also reopened after an overnight snowfall.

News from MetService – July 21
Snow is expected to lower to about 300 metres this evening over the lower and central North Island. Snow accumulations may reach warning amounts about the hills of Wellington and the south of Wairarapa.

From 6pm Monday to noon Tuesday, 10 to 20cm of snow could accumulate above about 400 metres with lesser amounts down to about 300 metres. The heaviest snow is expected during Tuesday morning when 10cm could accumulate in 6 hours.

Strong southerlies along with the cold temperatures will make the wind feel bitterly cold. Farmers are advised that stock may need shelter.

Wellington.Scoop – July 20
MetService has advised that a very cold, showery southerly flow is expected to spread over the country tonight and during Monday, persisting through into Tuesday.

Snow showers are expected about the central North Island from Monday morning, gradually lowering to 300 to 400 metres overnight on Monday, also affecting the hills and higher roads of Wellington, the Wairarapa, Wanganui and inland Manawatu through into Tuesday.

This cold outbreak will also be accompanied by strong south to southwest winds, especially about eastern coasts where sub-zero windchill can be expected.

Snowfalls over central and lower North Island are likely to affect many inland roads and travel disruptions should be expected.

However some sunshine is forecast for Wednesday, with highs of 10 and 11 degrees.

Full details of weather warning