Motorists are being warned to drive to the conditions. Photo: Bruce Barnard/SunLive.
People in the North Island are being warned to brace themselves for heavy rain, strong winds and possible snow.
The MetService has issued a heavy rain warning for many areas of the North Island.
“A front, preceded by a moist and strong northerly flow, is forecast to move north across central and northern New Zealand during today and Thursday.
“This will bring a period of heavy rain to northern and western areas, strong winds to central parts, and the possibility of heavy snow to parts of the Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay ranges.
“People are advised to stay up to date with the latest Warnings and Watches in case areas are upgraded or added.”
HEAVY RAIN WARNING - ORANGE
Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.
Area: Bay of Plenty east of Opotiki and the Gisborne ranges including northern coastal areas out to East Cape
Valid: 18 hours from 9am Thursday to 3am Friday
Forecast: Expect 100 to 150mm of rain about the ranges, and 60 to 80mm elsewhere. Localised downpours of 25 to 40mm/hr possible about the ranges.
Area: Hawke’s Bay north of Napier
Valid: 14 hours from 1pm Thursday to 3am Friday
Forecast: Expect 80 to 120mm of rain about the ranges, with 60 to 80mm possible elsewhere. Localised downpours of 25 to 35mm are possible in the ranges.
Area: North Taranaki
Valid: 20 hours from 10am Wednesday to 6am Thursday
Forecast: Expect 200 to 250mm of rain to accumulate about the Mountain and 70 to 100mm elsewhere. Peak intensities of 20 to 30 mm/hr about the Mountain.
Area: Buller and Nelson west of Motueka
Valid: 5 hours from 10am to 3pm Wednesday
Forecast: Expect 50 to 70mm of rain to accumulate on top of what has already fallen, with peak intensities of 10 to 20 mm/hr.
Area: Tararua Range
Valid: 15 hours from 3pm Wednesday to 6am Thursday
Forecast: Expect 80 to 120mm of rain to accumulate. Peak intensities of 10 to 20 mm/hr.