A spring storm is set to lash the country with heavy rain and gale force winds from tomorrow.
Torrential rain is expected to douse the top half of the country tonight and tomorrow as a spring front moves through.
Auckland homes left without power after a violent storm overnight have been reconnected but forecasters have warned more bad weather is on the way and due to hit the country on Tuesday.
The wild storm that has been pounding much of the country over the past few days has now reached Auckland, the MetService says.
The severe gale-force winds which ripped through Otago yesterday, toppling vehicles and trees, disrupting power supplies, dislodging roofing and interrupting air travel, have abated.
Snow is predicted to fall to 200m-300m in eastern and southern parts of the South Island today, MetService says.
MetService has warned Auckland and Northland commuters to brace themselves for severe thunderstorms later today.
The days are getting longer and the weather warmer but it may be a bit early to start dusting off the barbecue, a weather analyst says.
Chilly Kiwis fed up with winter's icy temperatures can put their woollies away for a while, as forecasters are predicting a respite from the cold weather.
Severe southerly gales battering Wellington today are creating havoc for school holiday travellers as flights and ferry crossings are cancelled.
The wintry blast that has caused havoc around the country is easing its icy grip but forecasters warn more of the same is on the way.
Flooded highways have cut Dunedin off from the north and civil defence authorities say homes in the Waitaki may have to be evacuated with rivers running at record highs.
MetService has lifted its heavy snow warning for eastern Otago, but snow and rain showers are likely during the next 48 hours.
The cold snap has yet to fully release its grip on the South and numerous roads are still closed owing to the pummelling the region took over the last few days.
Power has been restored to all but 150 of the Taranaki properties who lost their supply as a result of Sunday's high winds.
The cold snap which caused massive transport disruptions around the country yesterday is set to hang around - at least for today.
Flooded roads remain closed today as the eastern North Island continues to be hammered by heavy rain, but residents elsewhere are in for a brief respite today.
A "bone-chilling" weekend is in store for northern New Zealand, MetService warns, as parts of the North Island cope with flooding and rising rivers today.
The Desert Rd remains closed due to snow this morning, while the rain continues to fall over soggy parts of the North Island.