Snow warning across Hawke's Bay ranges

By MARK STORY


The Metservice is warning a "quick dusting" of snow could cap the Ruahine Range and Napier-Taupo road tonight and early tomorrow.

An intense high was expected to move slowly over the North Island, where southeasterlies north of the high could bring some snow to the ranges of both Hawke's Bay and Gisborne come Friday morning.

"This may just affect those intending to travel on the Napier-Taupo road but we're not expecting nearly as much snow as Hawke's Bay had just recently," Metservice forecaster Daniel Corbett said.

"At this stage we're anticipating snow down to about 600-700 metres."

The brief flurry of snow was expected to be fleeting only, with a warm sunny weekend forecasted for the province.

"By mid-Friday the rain and snow conditions will fizzle out. The high will start to build through the weekend and set the scene for some warm and sunny days."

Federated Farmers president and Te Pohue farmer, Bruce Wills, said while lambing was in full swing for many farmers he wasn't "overly concerned" with the predicted snow.

"Hawke's Bay's lambing season is really all over the place - some have finished and some, like me here in Te Pohue, will be starting only this weekend," Mr Wills said.

"Up here in the higher country we purposely have a late lambing season as history's shown us winter can often have a nasty last kick in late August and early September.

"If the forecast was for driving rain and freezing conditions we'd be a little worried but it doesn't sound like the snow this time around will amount to much."

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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