Snow, rain, wind ahead

21:40, Aug 13 2014

A wintry blast will bring snow, rain, and wind to many parts of the country today.

"Strong to gale" southwesterlies would affect much of the country, MetService said.

The southwesterly flow would bring colder temperatures for all.

A wind warning has been issued about coastal Southland, eastern Otago, Golden Bay, Wairarapa, Central Hawke's Bay and the Coromandel Peninsula.

Auckland was in single digits temperature-wise this morning, with an expected high of 14 degrees Celsius. Gusts could get up to 100kmh this afternoon.

Wellington, not to be outdone, would this afternoon get not only howling wind, but also driving rain.

The top of the South Island could expect showers to develop this afternoon, while rain on the West Coast would clear later in the day.

Christchurch temperatures were sub-zero, but conditions mainly fine.

Snow would again impact the lower South Island and the North Island high country. Owing to strong winds there could be snow blizzards in exposed areas.

Cautions were issued for the Desert Road and highways down south owing to snow. State Highway 94 from Milford Sound to Te Anau was closed.