For the next few days into each region some rain, and snow, will fall

Hundreds enjoyed the snow at North Egmont Visitors Centre on Mt Taranaki on Tuesday.
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Hundreds enjoyed the snow at North Egmont Visitors Centre on Mt Taranaki on Tuesday.

It was nice while it lasted.

Hundreds grabbed a chance to enjoy the recent snow cover on Mt Taranaki on Tuesday, but the region's changeable weather patterns are set to unleash another bout of wet conditions at least until the weekend.

And it could be a sudden end to the school holiday's snow cover as daytime temperatures rise into the mid teens.

The snow came right in the middle of school holidays.
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The snow came right in the middle of school holidays.

On a positive note conditions aren't expected to get as bad as last week's lashing and the region looked likely to escape the worst of the oncoming storm.

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However, there will be no escape from rain forecast for the North Island over the next week, even if chilling temperatures expected further south look certain to pass the region by.

The Met Service has forecast a large complex low pressure system over the Tasman Sea will move onto New Zealand on Thursday.

Noah Stonier, 4, eats some snow on the way down the slope.
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Noah Stonier, 4, eats some snow on the way down the slope.

The system would move across the country during Friday and early Saturday, followed by a ridge of high pressure on Sunday, the agency said.

The system will bring rain over much of the country from Thursday to Saturday, and snow to eastern areas of the South Island on Friday and early Saturday.

The Met Service forecast cloudy conditions from Wednesday until Friday in Taranaki with rain and showers from the north and northwest until a late change to the southeast on Friday.

Francis O'Sullivan-Lobb, 14, and Morgan Cryer, 13, were better at coming off than staying on their boogie boards.
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Francis O'Sullivan-Lobb, 14, and Morgan Cryer, 13, were better at coming off than staying on their boogie boards.

Snow levels on Mt Taranaki's Manganui skifield will drop to 1000m on Friday and Saturday, with clear, fine weather forecast Sunday and Monday.

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Heavy rain warnings for the upper North Island will stretch from Gisborne ranges across Taihape to Taranaki on Thursday.

In Taranaki daytime temperatures will range between 13 to 5 degrees Celsius, and 8C to 9C in the evenings until the weekend.

Thomas Bird, 3, and Evie Bird, 6, try tobogganing on at North Egmont.
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Thomas Bird, 3, and Evie Bird, 6, try tobogganing on at North Egmont.

The heaviest rainfalls will be experienced further north in Bay of Plenty, while the South Island will bear the brunt of southeast gales, heavy rain and heavy snow as snow levels reached 300metres to 400m in Otago, Southland and Canterbury.

Gale southerlies kick in on Saturday for Wellington and Wairarapa on Saturday, with strong southerlies in many other areas, the Met Service forecasted.

Areas south of Auckland and north of Taihape expected to have showers on Wednesday with rain also expected in the north and west of the South Island.

Elsewhere fine weather is expected.

 - Stuff

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