Snow and rain lash the south
Porters and Arthurs passes in the South Island have re-opened, as MetService warns of heavy rain for Nelson and the West Coast.
Porters pass, which had been closed by snow, opened at around 1pm, while Arthurs Pass re-opened earlier in the day.
Both passes were closed overnight, and earlier today MetService issued a warning for the Lindis Pass.
Drivers were asked to exercise caution.
MetService had warned of heavy rainfall for Nelson, Buller, Westland and eastern Otago, but only a few spots of rain was expected about coastal Canterbury north of Banks Peninsula.
The agency said a low, with centres both side of the South Island, would move away to the southeast by tomorrow. A cold front should also move off to the east of East Cape by this afternoon.
In the north, rain, some heavy, along with isolated thunderstorms had been forecast to strike east of Whakatane early this morning. This had been predicted to ease to a few showers which would then clear followed by long fine spells.
Showers had been expected in Wellington, but the city's weather had become fine with cloudy periods this afternoon.
Much of the rest of the North Island was expected to have some cloud and light showers in parts.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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