Bitterly cold winds, rain and snow to low levels are expected to hit New Zealand’s North Island from overnight Friday as yet another Polar Blast grips the nation.
The cold front that recently blanketed the South Island in heavy snow is being driven up the country by a strong polar blast.
Large accumulations of the white stuff are forecast for the North Island’s Central Plateau, down to levels of about 250m.
Temps across both islands are as much as 8C below average for the time of year:
MetService has heavy snow watches in place, including one for Taihape lasting through Saturday morning.
Strong wind warnings are in place for Taranaki and Wellington, where gusts could reach up to 120 km/h overnight.
And Aucklanders won’t escape the blast either, with torrential rain expected on Saturday.
It’s over a month into spring but winter refuses to let go.
[Featured Photo: Wintry scene in NZ’s South Island on Oct 11, 2018]