The South Island has been hit by a cold explosion that has caused snow to fall on parts of South South Island and Canterbury.
Feverland and Southland received the heaviest snowfall, up to 200 meters, and snow warnings for many of the southern island’s mountain trails.
Snow also began to fall around 10:30 a.m. in Oxford, Canterbury.
The Met Service says there is also snow on Crown Range Road and the highlands of Otago.
Snow can fall up to 600 meters on the peninsula banks.
Snow warnings continue for Arthur Pass, Porter Pass and Lewis Pass in the Canterbury area.
Strong winds are expected to hit Canterbury High Country and reach exposed areas at speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour.
Metzross warned that winds could damage trees, power lines and unsafe structures while driving could be effective.
Strong winds are forecast to continue in the area until Friday before heavy rains over the weekend.
In the lower part of the South Island, there is a severe rain warning in the Milford area with 150 to 180 mm of rain expected and the worst expected on Thursday night and Friday morning.
On the northern island, there is a strong wind warning for the Virarpa region, with strong winds reaching 130 kilometers per hour. The area is expected to experience strong winds over the weekend.
In the middle of the island, snowfall is expected to affect the desert road this evening, with 1 to 2 cm of snow near the peak.
Meanwhile, strong winds are currently blowing over Auckland, the Great Barrier Island, the Coromandel Peninsula, and North Waikato, with southwesterly winds approaching strong winds in potentially exposed areas.
The weather in Auckland is expected to be clear overnight but a wet weekend in Lockdown predicts rain will return on Friday and stick to Sunday.