Snowfall warning overnight on Rimutaka Hill

Last updated 18:18 21/08/2014

ONCE MORE?: The Rimutaka Hill when it was closed by snow last month.

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Snow is again falling on the Rimutaka Hill Road, with sleet in some higher Wellington suburbs. 

A road snowfall warning is in place for the Rimutaka Hill overnight while cool southerlies and more drizzle will continue around the Wellington region over the weekend.

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Motorists are being urged to exercise caution on the road and take extra care until the cold weather passes.

NZTA regional network performance manager Mark Owen said winter roads needed winter drivers.

“While the snow isn’t expected to be heavy, its presence indicates icy and potentially treacherous road conditions. So we urge people to take extra care, watch their speeds, and be really careful taking corners.

‘‘The icy conditions could stick around until tomorrow morning, so we ask early rising commuters to remain vigilant.”

MetService duty forecaster Rob Kerr said strong southerlies and showers would begin to ease overnight with showers breaking up and winds easing tomorrow giving way to fine spells and a high of 10 degrees Celsius before a front tracks up the South Island’s east coast bringing more wind, cloud and patchy drizzle in the afternoon.

A similar pattern would emerge on Saturday in the capital and Wairarapa with more drizzle, strong southerlies and cloud and a high of 13C.

Kerr said Kapiti and Porirua would escape some of the wet weather but apart from that, the chilly situation was similar across the region. 

On Sunday the southerlies were set to ease again and showers would clear.

‘‘The story for the weekend is strong southerlies at times, showers and rain with fine spells developing during late Saturday and into Sunday,’’ Kerr said. 

Snow showers are expected on higher parts of the Rimutaka Hill this evening and overnight, where 1-2 cm may build up on the road.

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