Win­ter ar­rives with a bang

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

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