In numbers: the storm that hit the whole country


Severe weather hit the country with heavy rain, gusty winds and snowfall on Tuesday.

Flooding was reported in Northland, Auckland and Buller, and a group of trampers had to be rescued after getting stuck on a “fast” river in Waikato.

The weather was expected to ease Tuesday afternoon, MetService metrologist Amy Rossiter said, and the worst was now over.

Here are some numbers to illustrate the impact the weather has had across the country.

* Sparkies stuck in “waist-deep” water rescued by Good Samaritan during heavy rain
* A teenager walks through floodwaters to check that his mother can cross
* Snow extends State Highway 6 closure as cold, wet weather hits South Canterbury


The Coromandel Ranges and the North West of the South Island recorded over 150mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours.

Rossiter said any rainfall above 50mm in six hours was required for a severe weather warning to be put in place.

Many parts of the country have also received more than 100mm of rain in the past 24 hours, Rossiter said, with the Waitangi River in Northland recording 127.5mm in the past 24 hours.

Heavy rains and gusty winds affected most of the country on Tuesday.

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Heavy rains and gusty winds affected most of the country on Tuesday.


Strong gusts of wind were also felt across the country along with the rain, with wind gusts over 100 km/h.

The strongest were recorded in Northland, with gusts at 135 km / h.


MetService issued 44 severe weather warnings throughout Monday and Tuesday. Twenty-six of them concerned the South Island.

The warnings included heavy rain, heavy snowfall, high winds, snowfall on the roads and heavy swells across the country.

Molly the dog enjoys the snow at Twizel in the South Island on Tuesday.


Molly the dog enjoys the snow at Twizel in the South Island on Tuesday.

15 to 20

There was heavy snowfall across the South Island, particularly in Otago and Canterbury, with MetService estimating between 15 and 20cm of snow had fallen in those areas.

Rossiter said it would be good for ski areas, especially as it fell during school holidays.


Waka Kotahi said nine South Island roads were closed due to snow, flooding, downed power lines or fallen trees.

These include SH1 Blenheim to Seddon, SH6 Ross to Fox Glacier, SH8 Twizel to Fairlie, SH8 Tarras to Omarama, SH63 St Arnaud to Renwick, SH67 Granity to Mokihinui, SH73 Springfield to Castle Hill, SH73 Jacksons to Kumara and SH80 Aoraki Mount Cook Highway. .

SH73 Castle Hill to Arthurs Pass and SH73 Arthurs Pass to Otira were open but with essential chains due to snow.


In the capital, Wellington Airport’s Phil Rennie confirmed 19 flights had been canceled due to weather and staffing issues as of 11am.

Rennie said passengers should check with their airline for changes to their schedules.


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