Monday, July 25, 2011

Wintry blast brings worst snow in decade, NEW ZEALAND - 25th July 2011

The worst snow in at least 16 years brought parts of the country to a standstill today.

Heavy snow, sleet and high winds made conditions treacherous throughout the country and motorists were urged to avoid all but urgent travel.

The South Island was hardest hit with many roads closed, flights cancelled and people told to stay home.

A number of state highways around the country were closed, however many are now re-opening and will be reassessed in the morning.

Wellington also recorded its lowest temperature ever and the polar storm is taking another swipe at the North Island tonight.

Concerns in Christchurch

Christchurch City Council is extremely concerned about frost forecast tonight and is urging people to drive with care. Contractors are applying grit to roads in the hill suburbs and other known trouble spots overnight.

The big chill is also a fresh headache for those living in the quake-hit eastern suburbs of Christchurch. Read More