Snowfall warning issued for Desert Road

Snow flurries are likely about the summit this afternoon. File photo.

A snowfall warning is in place for the Desert Road.

For six hours from 4pm, the MetService is forecasting snow flurries for the state highway.

“A few snow flurries are likely about the summit late afternoon and evening, but little if any snow is expected to accumulate on the road.

“A cold front moving up the country brings just the right ingredients for snow at some of the alpine passes,” the weather organisation says in a tweet.

“Southwesterly winds are also forecast to be quite gusty for upper parts of the North Island.”

In the Bay of Plenty, showers are forecast to ease late this morning, with a fine afternoon prediction.

The MetService says fresh southwesterlies are also expected to develop.

While a high of 16 degrees is forecast, the MetService reports that it currently feels more like 11 degrees.

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