Heavy snow watch for North Island's east

21:13, Jul 16 2014

The North Island has a split weather outlook today with a heavy snow warning for the east, while the west and north bask in sun.

The east of the North Island is on severe weather watch with possible heavy snow for the ranges of Gisborne and Hawke's Bay north of the Napier-Taupo Road, and heavy rain north of Wairoa.

Forecasters say the Desert Road may experience the odd light snow shower.

By contrast the South Island is in for a fine day in most places, MetService says.

Conditions are fine along the upper and west coast of the North Island, from Whangarei through Auckland, Hamilton, and New Plymouth, while Tauranga is also frosty but fine.

Wellingtonians will be wanting to hunker down amid showers and cold winds, which will stick around for at least the next week.

Across the strait, conditions are expected to be mainly fine for most of the South Island apart for Christchurch, which could expect showers that should clear this afternoon.