Fourth day of snow

08:53, Aug 17 2011
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Looking east over Lower Hutt towards Wainuiomata and the Rimutaka ranges at about 7am on Monday morning from Tirohanga Rd.
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Looking out from Jaunpur Crescent from Broadmeadows at 9:30 on Monday.
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A thick coating of snow remains on the ground in Broadmeadows - including dog tracks.
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Looking up Jaunpur Crescent in Broadmeadows at 9.30am on Monday.
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Jaunpur Crescent in Broadmeadows looking over the harbour on Monday.
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A watches as snow falls on Wellington's Lambton Quay.
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Snow falls on the Parliament grounds.
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A woman on Lambton Quay enjoys the snow falling to sea level on Monday.
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Snow hits Wellington Railway Station on Monday.
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Heavy snow falls on Monday in Ngaio.
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Snow falls heavily on Lambton Quay.
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Snow buffets The Terrace in Wellington as snow falls to sea level on Monday.
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Patrons at Midnight Espresso watch as snow falls on Cuba St in Wellington.
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George and Hunter Farman enjoy a walk in the snow in Masterton.
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George, Hunter and Thomas Farman making first tracks in the snow in Masterton.
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Carla Fonseca-Paris enjoys the snow at Victoria University's Kelburn campus.
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Students at Victoria University's Kelburn campus slide down hills on cardboard boxes during snow fall in Wellington.
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A motorcyclist rides down Willis St during snow fall on Monday.
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Heavy snow falls on Willis St in Wellington.
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The McKenna family - Yasmyn, 3, Grant, and Kaeden, 4 - pose with their snowman in Broadmeadows on Monday.
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Snow can be seen on hills behind Highbury after heavy snow fell in Wellington.
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Heavy snow on the ground in Carterton on Monday.
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The Welcome To Khandallah sign is blanketed in snow on Monday.
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A lion at Wellington Zoo endures the snow.
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A red panda at Wellington Zoo walks in the trees during a snow storm in Wellington.
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A photo taken from Moon Ridge Road in Upper Hutt overlooking Upper Hutt.
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Lavanya Chevuru and Deepika Manu celebrate India Independence day on Willis St in the snow.
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Photos from a penthouse apartment on Tory St.
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Office workers stand in front of the Old Bank Arcade enjoying the snow.
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Logan Pitchford enjoys the snow in Avro Road, Whitemans Valley.
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The Beehive endures a blanketing of snow in Wellington.
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Heavy snowfall in Silverstream.
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The Wellington Cable Car makes its way up the hill during snowfall.
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Abby (4) enjoying the snow in Newlands.
Ben Fulton chilling with with his snowman in Wellington.
Ben Fulton chilling with with his snowman in Wellington.
Upper Hutt. Sent in by Edward Jordan.
Upper Hutt. Sent in by Edward Jordan.
Paremata boatsheds at lunchtime today. Sent in by Dean Wyborn.
Paremata boatsheds at lunchtime today. Sent in by Dean Wyborn.
Emma Fotheringhame sent this picture of snow in Mount Cook.
Emma Fotheringhame sent this picture of snow in Mount Cook.
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St John's in the snow. Sent in by Helen Belchamber.
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The top of Skyline Walkway in Crofton Downs looking across Wellington Harbour.
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A view of the Orongorongo Ranges from Hataitai.
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A Zumba class at Fitness Dynamix in Miramar takes it outside to have some fun on Monday.
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Snow in Churton Park on Monday.
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A sign at the edge of Porirua surrounded by snow-covered fields.
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Whiteman's Valley completely covered with snow on Monday.
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Cheetwood St, Churton Park after heavy snow.
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A Bluebridge ferry is turned slowly in Wellington Harbour after unsuccessfully trying to cross Cook Strait.

The big snow might not have lead to a full scale civil defence emergency, but it did make Wellingtonians get prepared.

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Power cuts, cancelled transport services and treacherous roads forced Wellington City Council to issue a civil defence warning on Monday.

Today, Citioperations manager Mike Mendonca said even though a full civil defence emergency never eventuated, many Wellingtonians learnt a good lesson this week.

"It hasn't been a massive event but a good reminder for people to check their emergency supplies."

Dips in Wellington's power supply, which threatened a full scale outage on Monday night, sent many people checking their emergency kits.

Mr Mendonca said the snow storm and the possibility of being cut off from other communities or without power had encouraged people to check how prepared they were for an emergency.

"It's been quite a test for some people."

COLD WEATHER TO CONTINUE

Bitter winds will continue to lash the Wellington region today, making coastal conditions particularly bad.

Metservice forecaster Andy Downs said the wet, windy, cold weather which now blanketed the capital was here to stay for at least the next few days.

Thursday: Cold and showery. Very cold southerlies. High 8degC
Friday: Showers. Strong cold southerlies. High 8degC
Saturday: Showers clearing, fine breaks. Southerlies easing. High 10degC
Sunday: Frosty and sunny, but late showery southerlies.High 11degC

Although the winds were helping to keep temperatures a little higher than they had been over the last three days, he said the combination of today's wet and windy conditions could make the weather feel worse for some people.

"Now it's cold and showery. For some people it will feel even more bitterly cold. People need to wrap up."

Since the southerly picked up yesterday evening, temperatures at Wellington Airport had remained about 7degC.

In Lower Hutt they were about 4degC, and 3degC in Upper Hutt.

The Metservice was not expecting any more snow to fall or settle at low levels, and it would be restricted now to about 300 to 400m.

The southerly would continue to bring showers, making for a miserable end to the week.

"Unfortunately this is going to carry on for a few days."

Rain showers, sometimes with a little hail mixed in, would combine with the wind  to make for gusty, bitter conditions until the weekend.

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A Newlands bus stops on a street after slippery roads made it too difficult and dangerous to continue.
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Karori residents enjoy the fresh snow fall on Tuesday.
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Rosie Dunn takes in the view at the top of Makara Peak.
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George and Ella Sims skiing on their family’s farm near Alfredton in the Tararua District.
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Joel and Bethany with their Giant Snowballs in Brooklyn.
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A house is blanketed in heavy snow at Ngaio.
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A photo taken from Landsdowne Terrace in Karori on Monday shows the extent of the snowfall.
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Zephyr Harriet and Madison Millar slide down a driveway to make the most of the slick surface.
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The Dominion Post still got through to Lizzie Tait in Martinborough.
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The snow on this Upper Hutt football pitch gives new meaning to the term 'All White'.
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Maddison Millar, left, and Zephyr Herriot brave the cold.
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Looking out from the University of Otago building towards Newtown.
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The University of Otago building at Wellington Hospital in Newtown during a snowstorm.
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A picture of a snow flurry hitting Newtown, Wellington.
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A photo taken from Mt Victoria on Monday about 10am after a snow dump.
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Pedestrians shelter from the falling snow in central Wellington.
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4-year-old Summer Aiono, who called her preschool herself to say she was staying home to play in the snow.
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Looking south down Fredrick street in Wainuiomata.
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Katie Smith enjoys the snow in Wainuiomata.
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A view of the hills from Johnsonville on a cold, snowy night.
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Kandy Crescent in Ngaio on Sunday evening.
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Moores Valley Rd covered with snow.

The snow around the Wellington region would now be restricted to the higher hills, Mr Down said.

PASSENGER FERRIES CANCELLED

Passenger sailings across Cook Strait will resume tomorrow at 8.25am.

All passenger ferries were cancelled today due to expected 7m swells. Less than 200 passengers were effected by the cancellations, and had been offered passage on tomorrow's ferries.

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An aerial view of Grenada taken on Tuesday morning.
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An aerial view of Ngauranga.
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An aerial view of Mt Kaukau and some of the western suburbs.
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An aerial view of Newlands rise after heavy snowfall.
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Aerial photos of the Wellington region after heavy snow: Churton Park
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Aerial photos of the Wellington region after heavy snow: Pauatahanui and Paremata.
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Aerial photos of the Wellington region after heavy snow: The Paekakariki hills.
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Aerial photos of the Wellington region after heavy snow: Makara wind farm.
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Aerial photos of the Wellington region after heavy snow: Karori.
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Aerial photos of the Wellington region after heavy snow: Khandallah/Ngaio area.

Interislander spokeswoman Cathie Bell said, weather depending, the Kaitaki would board passengers for its 8.25am sailing from Wellington to Picton tomorrow and the return sailing at 1.45pm.

The Arahura is also expected to resume its normal passenger sailing schedule from Wellington to Picton at 2.40pm tomorrow afternoon, returning at 6.40pm.

Bluebridge spokeswoman Wendy Pannett said the masters on board the Santa Regina and The Straitsman had yet to make a call on when their vessels would resume freight and passenger sailings.

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Lady the horse doesn't look pleased to be out in the cold at the Belmont Pony Club Paddocks in Lower Hutt.
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A dog looking somewhat reluctant to go walkies in Khandallah during a snowstorm.
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Nala the huskie dog is quite unphased by the snow in the Western Hills of the Hutt Valley.
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A labrador in Wainuiomata plays with a toy in the snow - a bit cold on the teeth.
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Dirk Anderson walking the Jack and Chardy this morning in Broadmeadows
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A man walks - or carries - his dog in Broadmeadows on skis.
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A dog feels the fresh snow beneath his feet after a heavy snowfall.
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A lion at Wellington Zoo endures the snow.
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A red panda at Wellington Zoo walks in the trees during a snow storm in Wellington.
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A takahe at Zealandia after heavy snowfall.
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Pateke at Zealandia endure the snow.
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Tess and Ozzie enjoy the snow in Belmont, Lower Hutt.
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Bronx goes crazy in the snow in Newlands.
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A bewildered looking dog, Elvis, stands in a snow-covered field at Nikau Valley, Paraparaumu.
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Pooky the lion-shaved cat isn't too keen to get cold paws.
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A horse looks a little unhappy about being left out in the cold in Ohariu.
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A dog in mid-flight on Hair Street in Wainuiomata.
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Rowena Brown with Marley, enjoying the cold weather at Moores Valley Road.

RESIDENTS LOSE POWER

High winds and snow caused more damage to power lines overnight, with about 1500 properties in the lower North Island having a cold awakening to no electricity today.

The properties without supply are spread across South Taranaki, rural Wanganui, Manawatu and Wairarapa, including new damage in and around Hunterville, Coonoor and Haunui.

Powerco aimed to have power back up today, with around 130 field staff repairing damage caused when trees and branches tore down power lines.

BEWARE BLACK ICE AND WIND CHILL

Black ice, strong southerlies and severe wind chills will create treacherous conditions around the country for days, despite the end of the polar blast being in sight.

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Ms Frosty in Karori with Tessa, Charlotte, Lucy and Maggie Hurley-Bruce - along with Evie the West Highland terrier.
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Whetu and his wrestler snowman 'Hori'.
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The Ryan family with their first-ever snowman which they built in Grenada Village.
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A techno-snowman at Woodridge, Newlands.
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A Masterton snowman, buried in continuous snow.
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Enjoying the snow with a make-yourself-a-snowman snowman.
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Sofia Walker, 3, poses with her snowman at Mauldeth Terrace, Churton Park.
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A snowman in Whiteman's Valley.
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Erin Collier poses with her cool-dude snowman in Lower Hutt.
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Frosty the snowman in the arctic Upper Hutt.
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A snow Geoff built for his grand kids in Riverstone.
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Arnav, 3, with Dad Ajay with their snowman in Kelson.
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A Kelburn Park snowman, complete with fruit face.
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Elisa Middleton with her Karori snowman.
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A Ngaio snowman - or snowwoman.
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There's not too much snow to go around in Miramar - but Kishan Kumar makes do with what he can to make a snowman.

Power outages, closed schools and blocked roads have already caused misery and havoc throughout the lower North Island and authorities will remain on high alert for more disturbances even as conditions ease.

MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said that once the polar blast had passed, cold and cloudy conditions lay in its wake.

Businesses face another day of staff absences today as more heavy snow across Wellington last evening saw police and councils issue further warnings to motorists to stay off roads.

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Wainuiomata residents were delighted by the unusual sight of snow.
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Snow turned Johnsonville into a winter wonderland.
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Ben Lopez, 11, playing in the snow in Whitby, outside of Wellington.
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Snow covers front lawns in Whitby, outside of Wellington.
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Ally Ringrose, 13, makes a snow angel in Titahi Bay.
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Olivia Stevens wraps up warm to brave the snow in Broadmeadows.
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Snow on the waterfront in Plimmerton, outside of Wellington.
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Snow in the Wellington suburb of Karori.
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Eight-year-old Ki takes a bike ride in Churton Park, outside of Wellington.
WINTER WONDERLAND: Heavy snow falls in Ngaio, Wellington.
WINTER WONDERLAND: Heavy snow falls in Ngaio, Wellington.
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A house is hit by the blizzard at the top section of Orangi Kaupapa Rd in Northland on Sunday.
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Snow on a Ngaio St on Sunday evening.
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A tree is coated with ice in Johnsonville on Sunday.
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Snow in Highbury, Wellington on Sunday.
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A playground in Churton Park on Sunday.
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Johnsonville gets a heavy coating of snow on Sunday.
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A snowman on the balcony of an Oriental Parade house.
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Benny Hendry poses for a photo in the snow at Glenside on Sunday night.
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Snow fills the backyard of a Johnsonville home on Sunday.
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A family goes for a walk in the snow in Newlands on Sunday.
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Westpark School in Johnsonville on Sunday.
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A family plays in the snow at Westpark School on Sunday.
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The Pointon farm at Pukerua Bay is covered with snow.
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Deck chairs covered with snow at Titahi Bay.
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Snow at sea level in Titahi Bay.
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Kandy Crescent in Ngaio under a thick coating of snow on Sunday.
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Monica Murray, 8, of Whitby, playing in the snow on Sunday night.
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Snow covers a vehicle in Johnsonville at about 8pm on Sunday night.
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A boy enjoys the snow in Karori.
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Two dogs play in the unusually chilly climate in Khandallah.
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Snow covers cars and houses in Newlands on Sunday.
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Snow covers a Marton home on Sunday.
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A chilean snowman created after Sunday's flurry.
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From left, Ella Clarke, Caitlin Clarke, Jessie Williams, Lucy Clarke, Ollie Williams and Timmy Williams enjoy the snow on Sunday.
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Eleanor Currier poses for a photo in the snow in Elsdon, Porirua.
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Snow falls in Khandallah on Sunday night.
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Anjali Gupta with a snow man she made on Ashton Fitchett Dr in Brooklyn.
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Zachery Gilligan at Titahi Bay beach on Sunday.
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Snow covers train tracks at Tawa.
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Chilly train passengers wait at Tawa station on Sunday.
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A snowman built on Halswater Drive, Churton Park by Jono and Kirsty Vautier.
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Heavy snow on Simla Crescent in Khandallah on Sunday evening.
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Georgia and Josh Pattison of Wainuiomata having fun playing in their first snowfall.
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A view of Lower Hutt on Sunday after snowfall.

Schools will again assess this morning if it is safe for them to open, and power companies battled stormy conditions that presented the risk of further outages.

Mr McDavitt said icy southerly winds that had battered Wellington and Wairarapa would gradually ease from later today.

"While more snow is likely, the end is in sight. It's still a few days away, though."

Much of the country would be covered with a cold, cloudy high from Sunday night, but this, too, came with a warning.

"The air is so cold that frosts are likely even in cloudy conditions. For the next few days frosts will be severe in many places, and there is likely to be a lot of black ice on roads."

SNOW CAUSES MINOR INJURIES

Hospitals were treating patients who had been injured because of the snow and ice.

Capital Coast District Health Board emergency management specialist Craig Wallace said it had been busy treating people after slips and trips and two snowboarders suffered minor injuries after falling on Mt Kaukau.

"A lot of elderly patients have presented with everything from a dislocated shoulder, upper arm and wrist fractures to a dislocated ankle," he said.

A Hutt Valley Health spokeswoman said about a dozen people had been treated in the accident and emergency department for minor strains and sprains.

SNOW AFFECTS TV

Those keeping warm and safe indoors were, however, also feeling the effects, with Freeview customers losing reception in blizzard conditions.

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said there was a problem with snow falling into the uplink dish at TVNZ's Avalon studios in Lower Hutt, affecting the Freeview channels. The problem, which started at 5.30pm, was resolved within about 40 minutes.

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