Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rare Snowstorm in Christchurch‎, New Zealand

Conditions are improving after a rare snowstorm crippled travel in and around the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, leaving thousands without power.

Various reports along with data accessed by indicate that around 3-6 inches of wet snow fell Wednesday morning local time, causing numerous flight cancellations at Christchurch Airport.

Additionally, TVNZ reports that about 3,000 people are still without power across suburbs of Christchurch.

The strong storm system responsible for the rare event arrived Tuesday evening, bringing gusty winds and rain. Overnight, temperatures plummeted to the freezing point and rain changed over to wet snow.

Snow is rare in Christchurch, according to meteorologist Eric Wanenchak, with the city averaging "only 1-2 snow events per season." Read More