Snow continues to coat the streets of Upper Hutt in white. Along with many parts of the country, Upper Hutt has been experiencing heavy snowfall since Sunday. Most schools were closed today, with students and teachers urged to stay at home. Rimutaka Hill continues to stay closed until further notice, and drivers are advised to take care on the roads. Metlink bus services were stopped after 7.00pm last night, and today terminated early at around 4.30pm when the snowfall picked up again. Bus drivers advised passengers that it would be too hazardous to make all stops.
Flickering lights last night were reported around Upper Hutt indicating power outages as a real possibility. People are advised to have emergency kits at the ready, including torches, bottled water, and non-perishable food.
Metservice says the extreme weather will likely carry on throughout the week, and sunny, dry weather will begin from next Monday. “This is the heaviest and most widespread snowfall in Wellington City for at least 50 years,” Metservice says. “A further 15 to 30cm of snow above 400 metres, and 5 to 15cm from 200 to 400 metres” is expected this evening.
Not all is doom and gloom however. Many citizens are making the most of this unexpected weather by building snowmen, and of course, taking pictures of the city’s new look. Photos are ending up across various social networks such as Facebook.
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