Hail in Wellington, snow in Wairarapa
BREAKING NEWS REPORTER
A hail storm hit Wellington caused problems for drivers with two accidents this morning.
One crash had blocked the left northbound lane on the Wellington urban motorway just southeast of Wadestown while a second crash had blocked the southbound lane near the Aotea off-ramp.
Hail had settled on the road in some places and was making driving difficult.
A cold southerly outbreak overnight brought hail and snow to the Wellington region.
Masterton farmer John Hart said there was a 30-minute snow flurry around his place on the foothills this morning.
"It's the earliest we have had it that I can remember. There was quite a lot of wind and rain in the early hours."
Mr Hart said the hills around his house had a light dusting.
Brooklyn resident Paula Ash said her street became a winter wonderland this morning, but only briefly.
"It didn't stay white for very long but it was completely covered like it was with the snow last year. Skiers will be happy won't they."
Mrs Ash said she had just got home from dropping the kids at school when it started hailing and she saw at least one driver on her street left stranded and unable to drive.
"I checked on her and she was just waiting for her partner to arrive. I told her not to get out because it is very slippery."
MetService forecaster Geoff Sanders said there had been hail on the south coast about 7am and this could continue throughout the region this morning.
Though he was not aware of snow, Mr Sanders said it was possible that some had fallen.
"It's a cold southerly outbreak, it's not going to last very long but today will be very cold."
Wellington will be aiming for a high of 12degC.
Wellington has already experienced a chilly start to winter this month. On May 17 snow fell on the Rimutaka Ranges sending temperatures plummeting across the region, while on May 21 a bitter frost blanketed the city.
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