Winter arrives with a bang
Winter had to happen sometime, but instead of easing us into it – wallop! And unexpectedly with snow.
The hills around the city received a fair dusting of the white stuff, and snow fell in the outer suburb of Aokautere on Sunday night and Monday morning.
Aokautere resident Paul Rea says the first snow fall happened from about 9pm.
It was washed away by rain, but there was probably another snowfall overnight as there was still snow on his lawn at daylight on Monday morning, and about three centimetres on the roof of his car.
‘‘It was interesting, because the neighbours didn’t seem to get that much.’’
Across the bump in Tararua there was more snow, with further falls across the Manawatu high country and the Tararua District likely, according to MetService meteorologist Ciaran Doolan.
‘‘The freezing level is still probably low enough to get more snow around Manawatu,’’ Ciarin says.
Tararua would also be in for snow in the coming days, but it was just a question of how far down.
Tararua Federated Farmers president Clint Worthington said many farmers would find it harder following the snow.
It had been a dry summer and while there was rain last week, the snow cut all grass growth short.
Snowfall in Aokautere during the wintry blast that had residents turning up the heat controls.