Hail, thunder and snow coming for Wairarapa

05:22, Jul 02 2014
Taranaki hail
South Taranaki had two bouts of hail this morning, resulting in this accumulation.
Lyall bay rainbow
The storm arrives in Wellington's Lyall Bay.
Lyall bay rainbow
A rainbow forms over central Wellington.
Storm clouds, Wellington, July 2
Steve Mulliss says: I took this photo at 10.45am today from my home in Miramar (Wellington), looking across to Lyall Bay. The twin funnels lasted a few minutes and didn't get any bigger than this before fading rapidly.
Masterton hail
Hail in a Masterton garden this afternoon.
WAIOURU WINTER: Snowfall in Waiouru this morning.
Sam Oldfield snapped this from his office in Masterton.
Aftermath of the hail storms in Lower Hutt.
Making driving tricky in the Whiteman's Valley, near Wellington.

MetService has issued a road snow warning for the Rimutaka Hill Rd.

From this afternoon, snow could settle to up to 1cm on the State Highway 2 road, between Wairarapa and Upper Hutt, MetService meteorologist Peter Little said.

Wellingtonians may be able to look east tomorrow morning and see a dusting of snow on the ranges.

Meanwhile, a severe thunder storm watch for Wairarapa had been lifted.However, both Wellington and Wairarapa were getting some hail and rain today.

Hail big enough to damage vehicles and crops is heading across Cook Strait towards Wairarapa.

Earlier today MetService issued a severe thunder storm watch for Wairarapa.

Meteorologist Peter Little said that while Wellington could get some heavy showers, it will likely miss out on the thunder and hail.

A northwest flow was meeting a cold, unstable southerly flow off the North Island south coast.

They were converging and ''thunder storms have popped up''.

The southerly flow would win and push the weather north.

Related: Cold snap brings snow, hail


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