Major weather disruption around NZ

09:41, Aug 15 2011
Papakura tree in house
A mother and her two children received minor injuries while an older man at the property received moderate head injuries after a tree fell onto their house.
Boat washed ashore
A boat washed up on rocks this morning in Bucklands Beach due to high sea winds.
Boat washed ashore
A boat washed up on rocks this morning in Bucklands Beach due to high sea winds.
Bombay snow
Sharon Hanson says there is snow in the Bombay region
Drury snow
Snow in Drury, Auckland
Ararimu snow
Looking out from horse stables towards Ararimu, just south of Drury.
bombay snow
Snow falls in the Bombay region, south of Auckland in August.
Bombay snow
Snow falls on Anne Knight's dog out in Bombay.
Ararimu snow
Snow falls near Ararimu, near Drury.
SkyTower temperature
According to the SkyJump Facebook page, the temperature is a frigid 2.2 degrees at the top of the Sky Tower.
Pakuranga tree
A Pakuranga house no longer has a lounge after a tree in a neighbouring reserve came through the roof.
West Auckland hail
Twitter user @KarenDFrancis posted this photo of hail on her kids' trampoline in West Harbour, Auckland.
Pakuranga tree
A Pakuranga house no longer has a lounge after a tree in a neighbouring reserve came through the roof.
Franklin snow
One Franklin resident holds a snowball as flurries of snow dust his truck.
Franklin snow
Snow blankets letterboxes and houses in Franklin County.
Auckland CBD snow
Heavy snow and soft hail over central Auckland.
Franklin snow
Two Franklin residents are caught out in fast-falling snow.
Auckland CBD snow
Snow and soft hail falls in Auckland CBD.
Auckland Zoo snow
Auckland Zoo tweeted "sleety hail in Pridelands about 10 mins ago".
Pakuranga tree
A tree which fell on a Pakuranga house is examined by workers.
Mt Albert snow
Tsai Lim's house in Mt Albert is covered is light snow.
Auckland snow clouds
A photo taken from the Waitakere Ranges shows snow clouds over Auckland CBD.
Tree falls on Auckland house
Workers start to remove a large tree that crashed through a house in Pakuranga.
Ponsonby snow
Kate Rowdon scoops up a handful of snow outside her workplace in Ponsonby.
Auckland snow cloud cam
The Sitecam.co.nz website shows thick snow clouds over the Auckland CBD.
Weymouth snow
Snow covered driveways in Weymouth, south Auckland.

New Zealanders are being urged to stock-up on emergency food and water tonight as the worst winter storm in decades is set to continue.

Are you affected by the snow? Send your news, photos and videos to newstips@stuff.co.nz

The Antarctic blast, described by MetService as close to a one in 50 year event, has seen roads, schools and airports closed, cut power to thousands of homes and stopped mail deliveries in parts of the country.

Snow in Kilbirnie
Kilbirnie in Wellington is seeing its share of the white stuff.
Grace Stevens in Wellngton suburb Khandallah.
Grace Stevens in Wellington suburb Khandallah.
Snow angel
Ally Ringrose, 13, makes a snow angel in Titahi Bay.
Olivia Stevens
Olivia Stevens wraps up warm to brave the snow in Broadmeadows.
Snowman
Oliver and Mitchell show off their snowman in Johnsonville, Wellington.
Snow Feilding
Snow falling on Esther Roger's backyard in Feilding.
Snowy road in Christchurch
Snowy road conditions in Christchurch on Monday morning.
Halswell snowboarding
Jeremy Flett saw this morning's snow as a good excuse to crack out the snowboard
Snow Bunnythorpe
Snow falling in Bunnythorpe on Sunday night.
Snow covered elm in Manawatu
An elm tree covered in snow in the Songbird Gardens in the Pohangina Valley, Manawatu.
Snow in Wither Hills, Marlborough
Snow in Wither Hills, Marlborough
Snow/Palmy
Brent Doughty's car covered in snow in Feilding.
Snow in Wellington
Deck chairs covered with snow at Titahi Bay.
Snow in Wellington
Monica Murray, 8, of Whitby, playing in the snow on Sunday night.
Snowfall in Marlborough.
Mount Vernon lookout after rare snowfall in Marlborough.
Snow in Wellington
A chilean snowman created after Sunday's flurry.
Snow in Wellington
From left, Ella Clarke, Caitlin Clarke, Jessie Williams, Lucy Clarke, Ollie Williams and Timmy Williams enjoy the snow on Sunday.
Snow/Marton
A home in Marton blanketed in snow.
Snow in Wellington
Eleanor Currier poses for a photo in the snow in Elsdon, Porirua.
Snow in Wellington
Snow falls in Khandallah on Sunday night.
Snow trampoline
This young Cantab knows trampolines are far more excitng when they are covered in snow.
Umberella snow
This pair try to shelter from the snow underneath an umbrella
Snow in Wellington
Anjali Gupta with a snow man she made on Ashton Fitchett Dr in Brooklyn.
Snow/Masterton
Jim Matthews' dog Mica encountered snow for the first time this morning in Masterston
Snow in Wellington
Looking east over Lower Hutt towards Wainuiomata and the Rimutaka ranges at about 7am on Monday morning from Tirohanga Rd.
Snow in Wellington
Looking out from Jaunpur Crescent from Broadmeadows at 9:30 on Monday.
Snow in Wellington
A thick coating of snow remains on the ground in Broadmeadows - including dog tracks.
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Zachery Gilligan at Titahi Bay beach on Sunday.
Snow in Marlborough
Hamish Grigg with sheep dogs. Snow at Tempello farm, half-way up hills at the end of Fairhall Valley, Marlborough.
Snow in Wellington
A snowman built on Halswater Drive, Churton Park by Jono and Kirsty Vautier.
Photograph from the Atkins family, who live on the slopes of Mt Pirongia.
Photograph from the Atkins family, who live on the slopes of Mt Pirongia.
Photograph from the Atkins family, who live on the slopes of Mt Pirongia.
Mckayla, Tyrell, Mako and Titan have enjoyed snow only for the second time.
Snow in Wellington
Snow falls on the Parliament grounds.
Snow in Inglewood
Steve Anker from Inglewood, Taranaki sent this photo in.
Cat in an igloo
Michelle Campbell built her cat an igloo.
Snow on in Bombay, near Auckland
This pic was taken by Anne Knight in Bombay of her dog covered in snow this morning.
Snow pics from readers
Cooper McNeill gets his first snow experience at Mt Stewart, Fielding.
Snow in Canterbury
Snow in Canterbury. Clinch family of Diamond Harbour building an igloo.
readers' pics
Kerry and Dave photographed this chicken in Normandale, Lower Hutt.
Snow in Taupo
Waiariki Polytechnic Taupo carpentry students used their skills to build a sled and try out a new snow run near Mapara Road, Taupo. Pictured (from left) Lane Bennet (sitting), John Wall, Luke Mitai and Jeremy Bryce (tutor).
Animals in the snow
A cow munches away in a white field while the snow falls.
Inglewood snow creations
The Packman family of Inglewood made use of the snow by making figures for each family member. From left they are (in person) Mackenzie, 1, Mike, Aria, 2, Jess, Alex, 3 months and Riley, 4.
Snow in Wellington
Snow on Willis St, Wellington.
Snow in Wellington
Snowfall around Willis Street, Wellington.
Snowfall on Willis st
Snowfall around Willis Street, Wellington.
Snowfall on Willis st
Snowfall around Willis Street, Wellington.
Snow
Egmont Village School pupils, from left, Mason Keightley-Trigg, Shanika Beard, Olivia Keightley-Trigg and Lukah Gibb make a snow man from the fallen powder.
Snowing in Christchurch
The dadffodils are usually a symbol that spring has arrived. The flowers in bloom already at Egmont Village School got a frosty fright.
Snow
An igloo built by Aaron and Jared in New Brighton, Christchurch.
Snow
Happy Independence Day from Christchurch.
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Snow in Wellington.
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Snow in Wellington.
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Water trough frozen over near Patearoa, Central Otago.
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Staff of Victoria University of Wellington in Kelburn.
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Jamie makes snow angels in Aotea, Porirua.
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View of TVNZ building in Hutt Valley.
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Brad Marshall boogie-boarding down Sunrise Boulevard in Tawa.
ChristChurch Cathedral in snow
Snow in Christchurch's earthquake-shattered CBD including the Cathedral (centre).

The storm had also brought snow in places that don't usually see it, including Wellington and Auckland where snow hasn't fallen in more than 30 years.

MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said today was likely to be the coldest day and warned New Zealanders to prepare for more snow over the next few days.

"Snow is expected to move offshore during Wednesday," he said.

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Snow in Dunedin
Snow tops the roofs on Dundas Street in North Dunedin.
sheep in snow
Flurries of snow settled on sheep near Te Anau this afternoon.
Audi stuck in snow
A car didn't handle the conditions on Dunedin's Whare Flat Road this afternoon
Snow in Wainuiomata
Wainuiomata residents were delighted by the unusual sight of snow.
Rimutaka snow
Belmont father and son Mike and Joey Palmer enjoying the snow.
Mt Oxford
The southerly front approaching, as seen from Mt Oxford in North Canterbury.
Churton Park snow
Eight-year-old Ki takes a bike ride in Churton Park, outside of Wellington.
Snow, Shag rock and Moncks Bay, Christchurch, Monday morning.
Snow blankets the beach at Shag rock and Moncks Bay, Christchurch, Monday morning.
Wild weather hits country
Snow fall in Carterton in the Wairarapa.
Snow in Kaikoura
Anika Woods, 12, and brother Oaklea Woods, 2, make the most of a day off together in the snow.
Snow in Tokoroa
Snow in Tokoroa
Snow in Christchurch
Zeeva Cohen from Auckland walking down Papanui rd, Christchurch.
Snow in Christchurch
St Andrews students on the center strip of Bealey Ave, Christchurch City.
Snow in Christchurch
John Burrows and kids play in the snow in the portaloo-equipped Silverdale Place, Avonside, Christchurch.
Snow in Christchurch
Snow fall in and around the New Brighton area as a southerly front passes through. Sam and Chessa Crow of Christchurch around the New Brighton library.
Snow in Wellington
Snow falling in Peck St, Pomare, Lower Hutt. Emil, 17 and Mika Ulberg, 8, gather snow to throw at family members.They have never seen snow before.
Snow in Wellington
Snow covers train tracks at Tawa.
Snow in Wellington
Chilly train passengers wait at Tawa station on Sunday.
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Grace, 9 and Matt, 5, Flint on Weston Road in Merivale.
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Snow fall on New Brighton beach as a southerly front passes through.
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Antigua St boatsheds by the Hospital
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CERA worker Luke Austin ditched the car and walks to work by the Hagley Netball courts.
Snow in Wellington
Snow returns to Wellington on Monday morning.
Snow in Wellington
Snow in Willis Street, Wellington. Youri, 6, and his brother Mathis, 9, Apparicio from Canada enjoy the snow in Willis Street.
Snow in Queenstown
Coal chases snowball thrown by her owners, Lisa and Stephen Counsell - snow in Queenstown.
Snow in Queenstown
A Bellbird at a frozen bird feeder. Snow in Queenstown.
Cows and snow
South Canterbury awoke to a covering of Snow on Monday morning. pictured is Jen Bolt feeding her calves near Milford at Temuka.
Snow in Taranaki
Taranaki was blanketed in snow.
Snow in Taranaki
Taranaki was blanketed in snow.
Taranaki gets snow
Taranaki was blanketed with snow.
Snow in Wellington
A man on The Terrace crosses the road as it snows in Wellington city.
Snow in Queenstown
Matthew Bouzaid, 15, of Auckland, puts the finishing touches to a snowman in Queenstown.
Snowfall in Christchurch
Wendy Wu finda a good use of Pak n Save shopping bags.
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William Donaldson, 2, playing in snow falling in Karori.
snowing in Christchurch
Snow in Christchurch - an Oryx at Orana Park.
Snowboarding in Brooklyn, Wellington
Student Nick Hanover Snowboarding in Brooklyn, Wellington.
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Dinghies at Purau Wharf on Banks Peninsula.
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Clinch family of Diamond Harbour, on Banks Peninsula, building an igloo.
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Snow makes driving difficult in Diamond Harbour on Banks Peninsula.
Canterbury snow
Pilot William Barnes took this shot as he departed from Christchurch Airport.
Taranaki snow
Pilot William Barnes captured this image of the Taranaki region from 11,000 metres.
Taranaki snow
Pilot William Barnes captured this image of the Taranaki region from 11,000 metres.
Snow in Wellington
The Beehive endures a blanketing of snow in Wellington.

"As the clouds move away and the winds die down, you'll have frost and black ice on Thursday, maybe even moving into Thursday night or Friday in the central areas."

The heaviest snowfall was expected between Canterbury and Wairarapa, as well as Manawatu towards Taranaki.

"The conditions are cold enough to bring snow down to 300 metres, the height of the Sky Tower," McDavitt said.

St John regional operations manager for the South Island, Chris Haines, said people should make sure they have stockpiled enough emergency food, water and other essential supplies as a precaution.

While in Wellington, Civil Defence manager Rian Van Schalkwyk warned residents to stock up on supplies, in preparation for being trapped indoors.

"People should prepare for the worst, which means making sure they're ready in the event that they cannot leave home and may be without electricity and other amenities," he said.

Police have warned of treacherous driving conditions as the snow that blanketed New Zealand today will turn to ice.

Many state highways around New Zealand were closed, including the Desert Road and Rimutaka Hill road in the North Island and the Lewis Pass and Arthurs Pass in the South Island.

"We're warning drivers that, unlike today where the snow was a clearly visible hazard, there will be large areas of ice on the roads tomorrow, especially in rural and shaded areas, that you will not be able to see," Inspector Al Stewart, of Christchurch police, said.

Road users should assess their local road conditions and stay home or delay non-essential travel where possible, he said.

Today, flurries were reported in Clevedon, Flat Bush, Pukekohe and the Waitakeres, while strong winds brought down dozens of trees, toppled power lines and flipped trampolines in south Auckland.

Five people were taken to hospital with moderate injuries in Auckland. A Pakuranga family of four were taken to Middlemore Hospital after a tree fell on their house this morning, and an elderly man was taken to Auckland City Hospital after being blown over.

In the South Island, St John Ambulance attended to nine people, including three in Christchurch, who fell on ice or snow.

Haines said St John has not been as busy today as they were during the snow last month, but the workload had been steady.

"We will continue to monitor the situation for the rest of the day and overnight. We are still using four wheel drive ambulances, as well as other 4WD vehicles as rapid response vehicles," he said.

Eight motor vehicle crashes have been reported to Christchurch police between 6am and mid-afternoon, mostly of a minor nature with no serious injuries.

In the capital, another flurry of snow fell down to sea level in parts of the city, including Lambton Quay, Cuba St and Parliament. Residents in Newtown, Island Bay, and Newlands all reported further snow falls from around 11am.

MetService said the level of snow that fell in Wellington had not been seen since at least 1970s, and another 5cm was expected over the next 24 hours.

The weather today cut power to thousands of households across the country.

Over 2000 Powerco customers in South Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu and Wairarapa, and about 100 Orion customers in Christchurch were still without power this afternoon.

Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh said power would be restored to about 1500 customers by tonight, but some areas would remain without supply overnight and more power cuts were likely tomorrow.

In Wellington, a power outage around 5.40pm tonight affected about 800 households in the Whitemans Valley and Makara areas.

The capital has also experienced power trouble with "voltage dips" this evening. A Wellington Electricity spokesman said it was caused by a rise in demand.

Mail deliveries were cancelled in Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago.

Air and road travel was also disrupted with many roads in both islands closed this morning and flights out of Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin cancelled.

Wellington Airport has temporarily put all its flight on hold while the runway was cleared of excess ice and snow. A spokeswoman said the conditions would be constantly evaluated throughout the night.

Around 150 passengers were stranded at Dunedin Airport overnight, and in Auckland, flights to Queenstown have been cancelled and there were no seats available until Thursday.

In the North Island, snow has closed the Desert Road and the alternative route north, State Highway 4, as well as the Rimutaka Hill Rd in Wellington, and the Napier - Taupo Road (SH5).

In the South Island, SH1 between Kaikoura and Waipara is closed, as is the Lindis Pass (SH8), SH6 between Queenstown and Five Rivers, the Lyttelton Tunnel (SH74) in Christchurch, and the highways north and south from Dunedin.

Police advised people to avoid driving if possible in the worst snow-hit areas and to be cautious.

Meanwhile, about 1900 dairy farms in the South Island are dumping thousands of litres of milk as Fonterra's collection tankers are stranded because of the severe weather conditions.

Fonterra's sustainability teams were in contact with farms who need to dispose of milk, and were liasing with regional councils.

The company was unable to say at this stage how many litres it had lost, or whether it would compensate farmers.

- STUFF, with AUCKLAND NOW, THE DOMINION POST, and NZPA