Too cold for hob­bits

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

An Antarc­tic southerly breathed on the Kaimai Range last Mon­day night, leav­ing a thick dust­ing of snow on its peaks on Tues­day morn­ing.

Mata­mata had a fine view of the snowy ranges, where hob­bit Frodo’s bare feet would have not taken kindly to the chill in the air.

MetSer­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist John Law said it’s not un­com­mon for the snow to turn up on the moun­tain range by Te Aroha dur­ing the height of win­ter.

’’You are look­ing at pretty high moun­tains, es­pe­cially out to the north­ern edge.’’

No road warn­ings were in place on SH29 over the Kaimai Range be­cause ice was not ex­pected to af­fect the road.

Mean­while, a light dust­ing of snow was also spot­ted on Mt Piron­gia and Maun­gatau­tari.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

SNOWY RANGE: Snow could be seen on the Kaimai Range last Tues­day.

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