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Cold snap causes surface flooding

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/06/2016

There is surface flooding on State Highway 1 north of Wellington.

Traffic is backed up because water is across both lanes for about a kilometre near Manakau in the Horowhenua, police say.

The southbound lane is the most affected. Roading contractors are on the way to help clear the flooding and motorists are advised to delay travel or avoid the area, and to expect delays.

The MetService says a cold southerly front is sweeping up the country which may bring snow down to 500m in places.

Duty meteorologist Peter Little says the front has already arrived in Christchurch and is moving northwards.

Road snowfall warnings are in place for the Desert Road, which is part of SH1 in the centre of the North Island, with snow showers expected from midnight until 7am on Monday.

Up to 5cm of snow is expected on the Lewis Pass, State Highway 7, in the South Island between 1pm and 6pm on Sunday.

Snow is also falling on other mountain passes in the South Island.

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