Southern hemisphere: New Zealand told to brace for wild weather

June 3, 2013NEW ZEALANDMetService has issued severe weather watches for parts of the country. Westland, Buller, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, Wellington, Wairarapa, Bay of Plenty and Rotorua are among the regions set to face heavy rain and wild weather over the next 24 hours. Pictures sent to ONE News show heavy snow has been causing disruptions for motorists on the last day of the long weekend. Vehicles with chains waited for hours this afternoon for roads to open in Burkes Pass, just north of Tekapo. Eight firefighters in the area were called to push at least half a dozen cars out of the snow and assist police with road control, Volunteer Fire Chief Officer Craig Willis said. MetService says there is a high possibility of heavy snow in North Canterbury and Marlborough tomorrow as the cold southerly rain turns into snow above 400 meters. Heavy rain and gales are expected for central New Zealand tomorrow as a front is expected to move slowly across the upper South Island and lower North Island. Snow of about 500 meters is predicted for Hanmer Springs and Seddon areas. As of early evening, there had been no deaths on the road this long weekend, putting the country on track to achieving the first zero road toll over the Queen’s Birthday Holiday since records began. But with snow and flooding in many southern areas, police are warning motorists to take extra care. –TVNZ
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