A new road snowfall warning has been issued for the Desert Road, with 1-2cm of snow expected above 900m.

Showers are predicted to turn to snow this afternoon on the main route through the North Island.

MetService has also issued a new heavy rain warning for Hawkes Bay.

A further 20-30mm of rain is expected before noon today, with peak intensities of 10-15mm per hour.

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Severe weather warnings have now been lifted for the Bay of Plenty and Rotorua.