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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:25pm 30-Jul-2016
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Hawkes Bay, Tararua, Fiordland,
Southland, Taihape, Taumarunui, Wairarapa, Kapiti Horowhenua,
Wellington

SEVERE WESTERLY GALES FOR PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND. HEAVY SNOW FOR
TAUMARUNUI, TAIHAPE, FIORDLAND AND SOUTHLAND.
A cold front is crossing the North Island overnight, bringing
westerly gales to parts of the North Island, followed by colder
conditions, with snow to low levels in Fiordland and Southland and
also about Taumarunui and Taihape.
Severe westerly gales are expected to return to central Hawkes Bay
and the Tararua District for a time overnight, gusting 130km/h in
exposed places. Winds of this strength can lift roofs and cause
hazardous driving conditions for motorcycles and tall-sided vehicles.
In addition, heavy snow is expected about Fiordland and Southland
from tonight to tomorrow morning, with 10 to 20cm expected above 200
metres. Snow is also expected to develop in Taumarunui and Taihape
with about 10cm of snow likely to accumulate above 700 metres during
Sunday morning.
Heavy snow can cause major distruption to traffic, with blizzard
conditions likely in exposed areas.
Heavy rain in the Tararua Range has eased and the warning there is
now lifted.
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HEAVY SNOW WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: FIORDLAND AND SOUTHLAND
FORECAST:
Snow showers are expected to lower to near sea level overnight. In
the 12 hours from 9pm Saturday to 9am Sunday expect 10 to 20cm to
accumulate above 200 metres, especially in Southern Fiordland, with
lesser amounts to near sea level.
FREEZING LEVEL: Lowering to 500 metres Saturday evening, but to 300
metres in heavier showers.
AREA/S AFFECTED: TAIHAPE AND TAUMARUNUI
FORECAST:
Showers are expected to turn to snow above 600 metres during Sunday
morning. In the 6 hours from 6am to noon Sunday, expect about 10cm of
snow to accumulate above 700 metres, with lesser amounts down to 600
metres.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: HAWKES BAY SOUTH OF NAPIER AND THE TARARUA DISTRICT
FORECAST:
Severe westerly gales, gusting 130km/h in exposed places, are
expected to develop tonight and ease early Sunday morning.
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WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
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HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: THE TARARUA RANGE
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Sunday 31-Jul-2016
Forecast prepared by: Erick Brenstrum
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

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Northland to Manawatu, including Bay of Plenty and the central high country: Occasional showers, with hail and possible thunderstorms in the west. Snow to 600 metres south of Taupo this morning, affecting higher roads.
Gisborne, Hawkes Bay: Mainly fine, but showers about the ranges, spreading elsewhere for a time today, with snow possibly affecting higher level roads. Gusty westerlies, severe gale in exposed places.
Horowhenua Kapiti Coast, Wellington, Wairarapa, also Nelson: Mainly fine, but chance of morning shower with hail, and snow about the Nelson ranges.
Marlborough, Canterbury: Mostly fine, but showers about the Banks Peninsula.
Buller, Westland : Occasional showers, with hail and possible thunderstorms this morning. Showers becoming confined to north of Hokitika this afternoon. Snow to 300 metres at first.
Fiordland, Otago and Southland: Showers with hail, and snow to near sea level this morning. Showers retreating to the coasts by evening.
Chatham Islands: Rain, turning to showers this morning with hail.

Extended Forecast

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Monday: North Island, rain developing for most areas, briefly heavy and possibly thundery in the north, but only brief rain for Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. South Island, rain at times in the west, a period of rain for Nelson and Marlborough, and a few showers elsewhere.
Tuesday: North Island, a few showers in the east. Showers to start the day in the west, but becoming fine later. South Island, mainly fine, but early showers in the south and about Banks Peninsula.
Wednesday: North Island, a few showers developing in the north and in Wellington, and mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, rain developing in the west, and high cloud increasing in the east.
Chatham Islands: Occasional showers for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with fresh westerlies turning southerly on Tuesday.

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