Worst of rain not over yet

Heavy rain that doused Nelson this morning was expected to ease off, but there was a chance of thunder this afternoon.

A severe weather watch remained in place for the region, plus Otago, Canterbury, Marlborough, Wellington and Bay of Plenty.

The watch warns of short heavy bursts of rain about the Westland Ranges, the Canterbury headwaters, the Nelson ranges throughout today and about the eastern Bay of Plenty Ranges from this evening until early tomorrow.

The West Coast was first to be hit by the front overnight which reached Nelson early this morning. Westport received 35 millimetres of rain between midnight and 6am, MetService said.

An intense downpour across the region last Wednesday caused flash-flooding in several Nelson suburbs, damaging homes and businesses.

Tasman District Council spokesman Chris Choat said today there had been no reports of flooding from the latest event.

The MetService said rain was likely for Nelson tomorrow and Wednesday before easing off on Thursday, leaving Friday fine and cold. Heavy snow was predicted for skifields later in the week, with snowfalls from Wednesday to Friday, down to 300 metres in Southland and Queenstown, 400m through the Southern Alps, Canterbury and Otago, and 700m on the North Island central plateau around Mt Ruapehu.

The Nelson Mail