It was dark when we headed out this morning, and apart from the hail as we drove into town, there was little to see. But we had to pop out mid-morning, and the scene inland is of the picture-postcard variety. For those who don't know the rural Wanganui area, this picture was taken at the intersection of No 2 Line and Okoia Road, around 5km from the city's south-eastern boundary, and 7km from the Wanganui CBD.
The sun is shining at the moment, but it's bitterly cold, and the clouds away to the south suggest that more is on the way, and we've just seen this pic on Twitter courtesy of Jessica Mutch from One News; it's snowing at Parliament!
Just when you thought it was safe to stow the winter woolies away; just as the blossoms started to appear after a mild week; just as the daffodils popped up - along comes another dose of Global Warming.
It's bitterly cold here, and we have to head off to a meeting shortly. The southerly wind is fair howling as only the southerly does at our whare, and here in the lower North Island, we don't even get the worst of it until later today when a second front comes through - the Herald reports:
Auckland is next as polar blast traps 100 and gives Wellington its first big snowfall in 40 years.
Hundreds of air travellers and motorists were left stranded as a polar blast swept up the South Island - and last night gave Wellington its biggest snowfall in 40 years.
Worse is predicted for the North Island - including Auckland - today.
And the weather gurus are saying that this is an especially big storm; read on:
WeatherWatch chief analyst Philip Duncan said the polar outbreak was unlike anything he had seen.
"I've been watching the weather closely for about 15 years and I've never seen a prediction like this."
A large high stretching from the Antarctic to the sub-tropics had merged with three low-pressure systems to create the unusual weather.
It'll be a nice day for staying indoors today, and that's certainly our plan. She Who Must Be Obeyed has already cancelled a trip out of town tomorrow in anticipation of adverse road conditions. As I type this, hail is tapping on the windows, and we're not looking forward to having to venture out in a few minutes.
To all those in exposed places further south; Gravedodger in Akaraoa, Homepaddock in Oamaru, and Robert Guyton in Riverton to name just three; hang in there; we're experiencing some of the weather that you guys get used to! Keep warm, and look on the bright side; spring is just 16 days away!