Cold front brings rain to central New Zealand

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 01: A pedestrian crosses in the intersection of Queen Street and Victoria Street during heavy rain on July 1, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. Heavy rain and thunderstorms continue to move over the region in a wet and cold start to July.  (Photo by Jason Oxenham/Getty Images)
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A cold front will stall over central New Zealand on Thursday, bringing rain.

Rain and strong southerlies further south are expected to ease later in the day, while Wellington, New Plymouth, Nelson and Blenheim are forecast to have rain all day and into the evening.

A weather watch for heavy rain is in place for Kapiti, Wellington and northern Marlborough through to 11am.

A snow warning is in place for Lindis Pass and the Crown Range road, which saw snowfall overnight and into the morning.

On Lindis Pass, MetService issued a warning for snow accumulating on the road above 800m.

Between 3am and 7am there was forecast to be one to four centimetres of snow.

On the Crown Range road, MetService issued a warning for snow accumulating on the road above 900m, with one to two centimetres of snow accumulating between 2am and 5am. Both warnings are valid until 10am on Thursday.

There are no other road snowfall warnings in place in the rest of the country.

Snow at the Cardrona Alpine Resort on Thursday morning.
Snow at the Cardrona Alpine Resort on Thursday morning.

On Friday and Saturday MetService forecasts that a slow front will move over central New Zealand with heavy rain in places.

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