Snow for south, sun for north

20:23, Jul 17 2014

While parts of the South Island brace for snowfall today, the North Island will be mainly fine.

Weather was fine north of Taupo, MetService said, with a few showers about the east coast of the North Island, but rain was likely to develop in the Far North this evening.

Auckland could expect clear skies and light south- to southwesterlies, with the wind dying out this evening.

Wellington was mostly cloudy with a few showers, and southerlies.

In the South Island, while conditions were fine on the West Coast, rain and snow was expected in the east.

Southern inland Canterbury could expect snowfalls and Christchurch heavy showers. People in flood-prone areas were being warned to be vigilant.

A warning has been issued for the region as a southeast flow was forecast to bring snow to the Canterbury foothills and north Otago today and tomorrow.

The snow was likely to be heavy at times with falls down to 200 metres in some places, MetService said.

The highest temperature shortly before 8.30am this morning was 8.5 degrees Celsius in Gisborne, while the low was -6.5C in Alexandra.