7 Aug 2011

Severe weather warnings lifted

5:16 pm on 7 August 2011

The severe weather warnings for parts of the North Island, and for Otago and Southland, have now been lifted.

MetService says high winds that gusted up to 120 kilometres per hour in parts of Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa have now eased.

It says heavy snowfalls in the Catlins area, in Southland and in Arthurs Pass, have ended, but there might still be some snow showers.

MetService says showers along the Desert Road in the Central North Island are forecast to turn to snow on Sunday evening.

A forecaster, Gerard Barrow, says snow warnings for the Catlins Area and Milford have now been lifted.

But he says a few more snow showers are expected between Te Anau, and Lake Gunn, although it is not expected to settle on the roads.