Scoop Full Coverage: NZ Is In The Grip Of... Snowmageddon!

Published: Mon 15 Aug 2011 03:16 PM
Scoop Full Coverage + LIVE Chat: New Zealand Is In The Grip Of... Snowmageddon!

A Sub-Antarctic polar snow storm has descended on New Zealand causing widespread road closures and unprecedented snow flurries down in sea level in much of the South Island and lower-central North Island.
Schools, civic facilities and offices all over the country have been forced to close and snow reportedly fell in Auckland City.
The Metservice forecasts 'sleet and snow showers today, some heavy with hail, but mostly fine about Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. Showers becoming frequent in the south tomorrow afternoon and spreading everywhere by evening. Gale southerlies in exposed places.'
It added: 'Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago and Southland Snow showers, heavy at times, easing in Southland and Otago late tomorrow. Gale southerlies in coastal areas. The Chatham Islands Showers, some heavy with hail. Gale southerlies tomorrow.'
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