A grey, rainy weekend is in store for most of the country, with showers expected to arrive in Auckland later today.
A cold front is arriving at the top of the North Island, and will reach Northland early afternoon, Auckland later in the afternoon, and Gisborne and Hawke's Bay tonight.
The rain will persist into the evening, and will possibly be heavy in places. A few showers are also expected overnight.
"It is nothing too dramatic," Metservice forecaster Curtis Hayes said.
"Highs in Auckland will still be around 17 today and 15C or 16C tomorrow."
Rain is also expected for all places between Kapiti and Canterbury today.
Severe rain watches are in place for Marlborough and the Tararua Ranges north of Wellington.
Road snowfall warnings are in place for Arthurs Pass and Potters Pass in Canterbury.
Tomorrow, there will be isolated showers in Auckland in the afternoon and it will be slightly cooler, with a high of around 16C.
More showers are also expected in Northland and the west of the North Island, while it will be fine in the eastern areas like Gisborne.
In the South Island, there is a chance of heavy rain on the west of the island tomorrow but it will be generally fine for Canterbury and Marlborough.
Cloudy periods. Rain developing afternoon, clearing in the evening. Northerlies turning westerly evening.
Cloudy periods. Rain developing late afternoon, then easing to isolated showers at night. Northerlies turning westerly evening.
Cloudy periods, chance shower. Rain developing in the evening. Northerlies.
Cloudy periods, chance shower or two. Rain developing in the evening. Gusty northwesterlies.
Occasional showers, but period of rain in the evening. Northerlies changing westerly at night.
High cloud. A few showers overnight. Gusty northwesterlies.
Cloudy periods, chance morning shower. Rain developing late evening. Northwesterlies.
Periods of rain, easing to isolated showers this afternoon, but returning late tonight. Northerlies developing this morning.
Cloudy, with patchy drizzle turning to rain this afternoon. Easterlies turn southwest late evening.
Mainly fine. Northeasterlies, becoming strong along the coast around midday through afternoon.