Live chat: Philip Duncan on the polar blast

By Hayden Donnell

Weatherwatch head analyst Philip Duncan joined us for a live chat on the winter storm sweeping New Zealand.

The storm is expected to bring heavy snow to Marlborough, Canterbury, Southland and central and eastern Otago.

Hail, rain, thunder and wind gusts are forecast to strike Auckland and the upper North Island.

Read back over Duncan's answers to reader questions on the wild weather below.

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