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News in Brief, December 10, 2022

Upcoming roadworks

Commuters should prepare for roadworks across Wairarapa over the coming week. On Sunday night, Remutaka Hill RD will have stop-go traffic control in place from 7pm-5.30am to allow for barrier repairs. Sunday night and Monday night will also see stop-go controls on SH2 Tauherenikau from 7pm-5.30am to allow for road repairs with a water-cutting machine. Monday will also see stop-go controls on SH2 at the southern end of Featherston while survey work is carried out. SH53 in Featherston will have stop-go controls from Tuesday until Thursday between 7pm and 5.30am for road repairs. There will also be traffic control in place for the ongoing safety improvements along SH2 between Carterton and Masterton.

Wet and windy week ahead

A wet weekend has set in for Wairarapa, with heavy rain and thunderstorms expected today. Metservice said today would be mostly cloudy in Masterton, with heavy rain hitting in the afternoon. It said there was a chance of thunder.
“With low-pressure systems to the north and west of Aotearoa, MetService expects a wet weekend for most Kiwis.” Metservice said the rain had spread from the upper North Island to the east of both islands yesterday.
“Heavy falls are expected for the South Island’s west coast, where watches for heavy rain are in force. Sunday brings a break for central New Zealand, with the rest of the country on an easing trend towards the tail end of the weekend.” It said the rain was expected to clear on Sunday, leaving Masterton with clouds and northwesterly winds. MetService meteorologist Andrew James said it would not be a weekend for getting outside and mowing the lawns. “However, with the weather arriving from the west, eastern parts of both islands should expect longer breaks in the rain.” A gale warning is in place for the coastal area from Castlepoint to Ngawi. Metservice said northerly winds would reach 20 knots, easing to 10 knots east of Cape Palliser in the afternoon and early evening. It said there would be a moderate sea, eventually easing in the east. It said swells could reach three metres. Northwest winds were set to reach 15 knots and 25 knots south of Cape Palliser tomorrow.

Mary Argue
Mary Argue
Mary Argue is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with an interest in justice and the region’s emergency services, regularly covering Masterton District Court, Fire and Emergency and Police.

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