High wind has caused a trailer to roll on a motorway in Wellington as blustery weather hits the city this afternoon.
The incident took place on SH1 Ngauranga Gorge between Tyers Road and the Newlands off-ramp just after 3pm.
Police say the trailer flipped due to high winds, blocking two northbound lanes.
Motorists have been told to expect delays heading towards Johnsonville.
The significant weather event which is affecting large parts of the country today has kept emergency services across Wellington busy.
In the space of 20 minutes this afternoon, Fire and Emergency NZ [FENZ] were called out to six weather related incidents across the city.
Sheds and chimneys blowing away due to strong winds were the main issues for residents in Waikanae Beach, Kilbirnie and Miramar.
A strong wind warning has been put in place for the city as northwesterlies, severe gales in exposed places and gusts of up to 120 km/h are predicted for the region.
Thunderstorms with hail are also likely, the MetService warned.
Sailings across the Cook Strait haven’t been cancelled yet, however Interislander says they’re watching the situation carefully.
“At this stage we do not expect to be cancelling sailings. However, if the weather worsens there could be restrictions on transporting livestock to ensure their welfare,” executive general manager Walter Rushbrook said.
Meanwhile, snowfall in the South Island caused major disruption for travellers, especially those in Queenstown. Flights had to be cancelled earlier today after Queenstown Airport closed so the runway could be cleared.
There was also snowfall down to sea level in Dunedin, Invercargill and Stewart Island today while on the West Coast, snow fell to 200m, the MetService spokesperson said.