Two major roads in the North Island's Central Plateau remain
closed today after significant snow fall over night.
The Desert Road is closed from Taihape to Rangipo and the
main detour from Ohakune to Waiouru is also closed.
MetService meteorologist Chris Noble said he had received a
report of 11cm of snow falling in Taihape last night and said
at the top of the Desert Road much more would have fallen.
"We're looking at web-cams in the area and it does look like
quite a lot of the Desert Road and in Waiouru."
Snow showers over night and early this morning had dusted the
Rimutaka Hills, however the road remains open.
Mr Noble said the area would be in for more snow showers
throughout the morning.
Snow showers in the Central Plateau would clear this morning,
but Mr Noble said the showers would move in tonight as the
freezing level drops again.
Temperatures in the South Island were also low last night.
"There's been one or two little showers feeding in to
Southland and South Otago," Mr Noble said.
The temperatures across the country would rise and the
showers clear as a high over the Tasman Sea moves in across
the weekend in time for the weekend, with the South Island
feeling the change in weather first today.
"They're warming up a bit quicker than the rest of the
country," Mr Noble said.
Hawkes Bay and Gisborne would see the last of the showers
clearing tomorrow, he said.
- Sophie Ryan of APNZ