A severe winter storm powered by a cold Antarctic outbreak has lashed New Zealand with severe winds, slashing rain and heavy snow.
The foul weather has disrupted flights and ferries as deep hill country snow on the South Island blocked roads through passes, the New Zealand Herald website said on Thursday.
Severe weather watches and warnings through at least Friday covered much of the country and adjacent seas, the MetService website showed.
Hurricane gusts to 84 mph were clocked at the Wellington airport amid heavy falling rain late Thursday, local time, according to meteorological data accessed by AccuWeather.com. Although winds this severe could cause serious damage, there were no immediate reports of damage.
Two-day rainfall of 1-2 inches was widespread over the southern half of the North Island, reaching right southward along the eastern side of South Island, data showed.
Temperatures near sea level hovered in the 30s to lower 40s on the eastern South Island, indicating that snowfall was heavy down to 1,000 to 1,500 feet above sea level. Videos posted online showed snowfall of at least 1-2 feet.
Meanwhile, for Auckland and the Northland, gales and even severe thunderstorms were in the forecast as of Thursday.
Following the first wave of heavy wind, rain and snow swept over the country on Thursday, further bouts of adverse, wintry weather was forecast for Friday, as the massive storm continued to whirl east of the New Zealand.
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Temperatures will trend colder through the remainder of 2014 in Minneapolis as fresh arctic air returns to the city.
Clouds and a gusty southerly breeze will be the rule across the Dallas-Fort Worth area to wrap up Christmas week as spotty showers move in for the weekend.
Following wet weather earlier this week, drier weather will return for the first part of the weekend before storms late in the weekend.
Mild weather will continue in Harrisburg this weekend but will be followed by seasonably cold air during the final days of 2014.
While temperatures will be well above average in Pittsburgh this weekend, colder air will arrive next week for the final days of 2014.
After a blustery and cold weather pattern earlier in the week, temperatures will rebound across the Detroit area and winds will die down for the weekend.
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