Heavy rain has hit Christchurch after a mid-afternoon spate of loud, rolling thunder and lightning.
Heavy rain is set to lash the West Coast while showers and thunder will cool Christchurch tomorrow.
Motorists heading to Hanmer Springs for the weekend may strike gale force nor'westers.
The future of the quake-hit Redcliffs School remains uncertain with no date set for repairs.
A three-car crash caused commuting misery for those on Moorhouse Ave this morning.
Cantabrians could be treated to a spectacular sky show tonight if the clouds break up.
Christchurch looks set to be fine today, gloomy over the weekend, and wet for Cup Day Tuesday.
Drizzle and southerlies hitting Christchurch today may spoil the weekend, while rain is forecast for Cup Day.
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While Christchurch enjoyed sunny skies yesterday, other parts of the South Island were battered by storms.
Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch today.
Strong northwesterlies gusting up to 120kmh are forecast today with highs of 23 degrees.
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Northwest gales are expected to develop about eastern parts of the South Island from Thursday.
Canterbury police are warning of the dangers of falling trees after weeks of damaging high winds.
West Coasters are bracing for heavy rain and thunder with severe gales set to blast Canterbury.
Hayfever sufferers are being warned that several days of warm nor'westers will bring higher pollen to the city.
Gale-force winds have battered Hororata farmers twice in just over a month.
About 200 homes remain without power as yet another storm clean-up gets under way.
Strong Canterbury winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour have blown over caravans and ripped roofing iron off the Oxford Town Hall.
Skifield ends season on last day of school holidays
The last South Island ski field still open marked its last day with perfect conditions before the close of the season.
Thunder and lightning struck the Canterbury plains this afternoon with Christchurch's hill suburbs bracing for the storm.
Cantabrians are enduring a spring cold snap with snow blanketing parts of the South Island.
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A warning for heavy rain is in place for the Westland and Buller ranges and the Canterbury headwaters.
A snow warning for Porters Pass has been called off after today's falling flakes failed to settle.
Power has now been restored to the last of the 42,000 North Canterbury homes affected by a destructive windstorm earlier this month.
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Trees are down, power is still out and schools have been shut nationwide in the wake of a wild storm that tore across the South Island yesterday.
Wild weather battering the South Island
LATEST: Lightning has set a West Coast house on fire and power is cutting out as record-breaking gale-force winds wreak havoc nationwide.
Severe gales are on the way for much of the country, with a drenching for the west of the south.
Winter's grand finale will bring snow, gale-force winds and sleety showers to Canterbury today.
Another blast of snow could fall over Canterbury's mountains and alpine passes this week.
Canterbury ski fields are celebrating a top-up of snow for the last week of winter.
Skifields celebrate as Christchurch shivers
Fresh snow has delighted skifields, with Mt Hutt needing to do avalanche-control work today.
Christchurch residents could wake up to see a light dusting of snow across the Port Hills tomorrow.
Christchurch will enjoy a balmy day today but winter is returning with a vengeance.
Freezing drizzle and snow in the foothills may chill the end of our 'unseasonably warm' winter.
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Fog is disrupting flights in and out of Christchurch this morning.
After a wet and stormy winter, the South Island looks set for a balmy early start to spring.
Christchurch Airport is returning to normal after heavy fog disrupted flights this morning.
Visitors welcome as blizzard conditions ease
Heavy rain has hit Christchurch this morning, but the worst is over, MetService says.
Residents in parts of north Canterbury woke this morning with paddocks covered in a thin layer of snow.
Chilly temperatures and rain have forced the cancellation of a school holiday street festival.
Cantabrians will miss out on any snow action this weekend, but should brace for heavy rain.
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Snow is forecast for the alpine passes, while freezing rain and wind will batter Christchurch.