A big winter storm is sweeping up the country from Tuesday to Friday (11th to 14th of July).
- Snow has fallen to sea level in the lower South Island
- Interislander ferry sailings resumed on Tuesday morning, braving large swells in the Cook Strait, but were cancelled at 1pm by KiwiRail
- Roads are closed across the South Island. See the full list on NZTA.
- High country stations in Otago and Canterbury could expect up to 30cm of settled snow.
- Heavy rain and southerly gales were forecast for Wellington today.
- Deep low over the North Island could bring severe gales and a possibility of snow to 600m in Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay and east of Taupo.
- MetService says power outages and downed trees are possible as the storm slows down, dropping significant amounts of snow from Northern Canterbury to central North Island.
- Flights have been delayed or cancelled
- Keep up to date with severe weather warnings HERE.
- In PHOTOS: check out the winter storm gallery.