14 Jun 2017

It's all swell as wintry chill eases

10:57 am on 14 June 2017

Ferry services remain suspended today with swells up to 8m predicted for Cook Strait this evening, but snowfall down south is easing.

waves, wellington south coast

Large waves are likely for Wellington's south coast, with swells in open water expected to reach 8m high. Photo: RNZ / Caitlin Cherry

NIWA predicted swells of 7m to 8m around 8pm in Cook Strait.

MetService said waves were expected to grow throughout the day, peaking at 7m in the evening, with high tide in Wellington at 8.45pm.

Ferry services were cancelled for today, with the next Interislander passenger sailings resuming at 6.30am tomorrow, and Bluebridge at midday.

State Highway 87 between Outram and Kyeburn and SH94 between Hollyford Valley Road and Gulliver River Bridge, which both had closed overnight, reopened after snowfall overnight eased this morning.

SH94 Milford Sound road had been cleared of snow, but was still affected by ice, and motorists were also warned of snowy conditions on SH85 between Alexandra and Ranfurly.

Snow on SH94 near Milford Sound was cleared from the road, as seen in this image from the NZTA camera at Homer Tunnel.

Snow on SH94 near Milford Sound was cleared from the road, as seen in this image from the NZTA camera at Homer Tunnel. Photo: NZTA

MetService lifted all its road snowfall warnings, and said although The Remarkables skifield had 25-30cm in the last 24 hours, most of the snowfall for the area was dumped in the southern lakes.

Gusts were expected up to 120km/h in coastal Clutha and Dunedin until late morning, and Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills until mid-afternoon.

Previous gust warnings for Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay, Nelson and parts of Southland were lifted.