Weather watch: Skies clearing for holidays

Mother nature is set to give most parents and children a fine start to the school holidays.

After dumping enough snow to open the majority of ski fields this week, the weather will clear for much of the country today and into the weekend.

There would have been a few nervous parents yesterday as roads started to close because of snow and ice - including State Highway 1 on the Desert Road - putting holiday getaway plans in doubt.

New Zealand Transport Agency is still advising motorists to take care on that road today as it could still be hazardous because of snow and ice.

But the forecast for most of the country reads mainly fine, MetService said.

The only bad news is for Northland, where there will be periods of rain with possible heavy falls in the morning.

Auckland and Waikato will be mainly fine but get the odd isolated shower in the morning and evening.

Morning showers would clear in Coromandel and Bay of Plenty for a sunny afternoon.

Through the central North Island there will be isolated showers developing in the evening.

Down the east of the country, from Gisborne through Wellington and into Dunedin it would be a cold but sunny day, with morning frosts hitting Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago.

Buller and Westland would also get the frosts, while rain would develop in Fiordland this morning, before spreading north during the afternoon and evening.

Southland would get showers, with snow above 400 metres at first and westerly gales about the south coast later.

All of this would lead to a showery day for most parts on Saturday, before a fine and sunny Sunday.