Snow still falling in district

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14 Jul, 2017 11:12am

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Snow is falling heavily in Rerewhakaaitu. Photo/Supplied

A mixture of snow, sleet, and rain is still falling around the district.

Rain is pounding Rotorua this morning after snow fell heavily in surrounding areas yesterday and for a time in the city itself.

According to Rerewhakaaitu resident Kelly London snow had been ‘coming down hard’ since 9am and the roads were ‘very dangerous’.

A Rotorua Daily Post Facebook reader said snow was falling at Tarawera.

The bad weather should be short-lived however with the MetService website predicting fine weather tomorrow with light winds and a high of 11C.

Sunday is forecast to be fine with cloudy periods developing.

Total rainfall forecast for Rotorua today is 3.2mm with a high of 9C.

Meanwhile the New Zealand Transport Agency has asked people to continue to avoid all non-essential travel across the central North Island.

Snow is falling in Rerewhakaaitu. Photo/Kelly London

Snow is falling in Rerewhakaaitu. Photo/Kelly London

MetService is warning snow will continue to fall on State Highway 1 Desert Rd and the higher parts of State Highway 5 Napier-Taupo Rd until late Friday.

Agency spokesperson, Karen Boyt said with more snow expected to fall people should still delay their journeys if they can.

“We are expecting ice and more snow on the roads so people should delay all non-essential travel.

“Staff and equipment from the upper North Island has been called in to get the roads open as quickly as possible,” she said.

People are advised to slow down and watch for unexpected hazards as melting snow and ice can cause slips and rock fall.


Source  :  New Zealand Herald

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