Wild winds set to return throughout Otago

Wild winds are set to make another appearance throughout Otago this evening following the northeasterly that downed power lines and trees and damaged roofs about the region yesterday.

Metservice was reporting more gale northwesterlies were on the way in parts of the South Island and lower North Island.

Metservice is forecasting norwest gales for Central Otago, Clutha, Otago lakes, Southland and Fiordland from 9pm tonight and has issued a watch saying winds may become severe for the next 12 hours.

Strong wind watches and warnings have also been issued for tomorrow for parts of the east coast of the South Island (particularly Cantebury High Country) and the lower North Island ahead of the front. 

An active front moves onto the lower South Island tonight delivering heavy rain to western parts of the South Island, before weakening over central and northern New Zealand later Tuesday. 

The heaviest rain is expected in Fiordland north of Doubtful Sound and the ranges of Westland south of Otira, and a Heavy Rain Warning is in force for these areas.

On a frostier note, road snow warnings have also been issued by Metservice for several alpine roads.

The Lindis Pass, Crown Range Rd and Milford Road were all expected to be affected by snow tomorrow night.

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