Snow warning for motorists
Motorists travelling across the South Island's alpine passes should take care, with snow expected to fall this morning.
The latest MetService forecasts show light rain is expected to turn to snow on Porters Pass this morning, with between 4 and 8 centimetres of snow predicted to accumulate above 500 metres between 10am and midday.
Up to 4cm of snow is expected to gather above 700m at Arthurs Pass between 10am and 8pm today and rain is expected to turn to snow on the Lewis Pass later this morning.
In the 12 hours from midday today to midnight, up to 20cm could accumulate above 700m near the Lewis Pass, with lesser amounts to 500m.
On the Milford Rd, remaining light snow showers near the tunnel are expected to clear this morning.
Sleety showers forecast for the Queenstown Lakes District and Southland are expected to clear this afternoon, but up to 2cm of snow is likely to settle on Lindis Pass above 700m this morning following a brief period of snow showers.