Weather warnings for South Island

Nelson has so far been spared from severe weather, which the MetService expects could hit parts of the South Island from this morning until tomorrow.

At 8.25am today the MetService issued a heavy snow warning for much of the South Island, including Nelson, from as early as this morning.

Nelson residents were advised to watch out for potential heavy snow in western parts above 300 metres from this evening until tomorrow morning.

Senior sergeant Craig Barker said that snow was causing problems for traffic on the Nelson side of the Hope Saddle where a truck slid off the road into the water table earlier this morning.

He said the truck was pulled out by another truck and road contractors were on the saddle clearing the road.
The road was open but caution was required, he said.

However, so far this morning, there were only light winds, with a temperature of about six degrees.

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Elsewhere in the South Island, snow was excepted near sea level about Fiordland, southern Southland, Westland and Buller, with a heavy snow warning in force.

"This watch is for . . . western parts of Nelson above 300 metres from Tuesday evening to early Wednesday morning," said the MetService.

The severe weather watch would be updated at 9pm today.

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