Trains on the Kapiti line and East by West Ferries across Wellington Harbour were out of action during peak commuter time last night.
Buses replaced trains between Porirua and Waikanae when an overhead wire came down on the tracks between Porirua and Paremata about 4pm, causing some train services to run 15 minutes late.
Ferries between Wellington and Eastbourne were also cancelled from about 4pm, because of high winds whipping across the harbour.
The strong southerlies were accompanied by snow flurries on the Rimutaka Hill Road, hail in the capital, and sleet in higher suburbs such as Karori.
MetService duty forecaster Rob Kerr said strong cold winds and showers would begin to ease today, with showers breaking up and winds easing, giving way to fine spells and a high of 10 degrees Celsius. A front would then track up the South Island's east coast, bringing more wind, cloud and patchy drizzle in the afternoon.
A similar pattern would prevail tomorrow 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.
- The Dominion Post
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