Clear skies and cold winds expected

MATTHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 15:22 07/08/2014

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Manawatu residents can expect clear skies this weekend but will pay for it with overnight temperatures dropping below freezing.

Cold southerly winds, which will bring snow areas of the Central Plateau, will cross the North Island this weekend.

MetService meteorologist John Law said this would mean Palmerston North could expect an overnight low on Saturday night of minus two degrees celsius.

''The weekend as a whole is not looking too bad, just wrap up warm.''

Temperatures could be even cooler in rural areas, he said.

Up on the Central Plateau snow was forecast on Mt Ruapehu's ski fields over the next two days.

Law said this could impact drivers using the Desert Rd but would also mean the weekend could be a good one for skiers.

''It's looking like a good Saturday to get out on the slopes.''

Law said motorists should check the forecast and road conditions before travelling.

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- Manawatu Standard

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