Temperatures expected to drop in parts of North Island

Temperatures have plummeted in the central North Island over the past few days, and it is expected to get even colder over the weekend. 

Hamilton experienced temperatures below -1 degree Celsius, however, come this Saturday, it's expected to drop to a further -3.

The Dessert Road is also currently closed due to ice and snow. 

Vehicles travelling along the Napier-Taupo Road are being encouraged to drive with care as snow warnings are in place for the area.  

The central North Island isn't the only area to experience freezing temperatures, a snow warning is also in place for the Eastern Bay of Plenty as well as the hill country between Gisborne and Wairoa.

The MetService states that "snow is expected to 200 metres with heavier snowfall above 400 metres. The largest amounts of snow are expected between Gisborne and Wairoa where 30 to 50cm may accumulate."

Yesterday, it was confirmed that snow had fallen around Lake Waikaremoana. A sight that surprised many. The temperature in areas surrounding Lake Waikaremoana sit at -1.

Snow also made an appearance in various locations around Rotorua yesterday, including Rainbow Mountain and Tumunui. There were also reports that snow had fallen in Rerewhakaitu, Broadlands and Mount Ngongotaha. 

MetService is advising drivers to take extra caution on roads, particularly within the next few days, as temperatures drop.