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"Even if this was the middle of winter
this is extreme"

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6 Oct 09 – New Zealand: Two major North Island highways remain closed this morning after unseasonal heavy snow in the last two days stranded motorists for two nights. The roads could re-open this afternoon

“Motorists were rescued from their stranded vehicles yesterday and spent another night in emergency accommodation last night.

“Police closed the Desert Road, State Highway 49 from Waiouru to Ohakune and State Highway One between Waiouru and Taihape last night. The roads remained closed this morning.

“The unseasonal snow caught sheep farmers in the middle of late lambing.

"Snow was reported as far north as Te Aroha and Katikati. Much of Waikato shivered in 6C temperatures and in Auckland the temperature peaked at 10C.

“WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan said yesterday's snowfalls were a rare event.

"I've had people say to me this is far worse than the middle of winter and I have to agree. "Even if this was the middle of winter this is extreme."

“The Taupo-Napier highway looked like a car graveyard yesterday, as freezing, blustery weather prevented motorists retrieving vehicles trapped in heavy snow.

“Metservice was forecasting another 5cm to 8cm of snow above 500m on the central plateau last night.”
See entire article:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10601501
Thanks to Richard Prosser in Christchurch, New Zealand for this link

     Hi Robert,

     I read your "Middle of Winter" article. It was dated October 6. Since it's
     Fall in the northern Hemisphere, it's Spring in the southern hemisphere.
     This means they had a spring snow storm that put their winter snow storms
     to shame. The article even says "unseasonal." 

     Travis Hill

 

  

 

 

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