Auckland Sees Snow for 1st Time in 80 Years

Other parts of New Zealand also affected for first time in decades
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2011 10:44 AM CDT
Auckland Sees Snow for 1st Time in 80 Years
People walk through a main street under snow in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, Aug, 15, 2011.   (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Sarah Ivey)

(Newser) – Downtown Auckland is seeing snow for the first time in 80 years today, as a "once in a lifetime" blast of winter weather hits New Zealand. "If Auckland is getting reports of snow flurries now at the warmest point of the day that makes you wonder about what might be coming tonight," says one forecaster, adding that similar conditions have not been seen in the area since the 1930s. Snow was also reported in Wellington in levels not seen since the 1970s, and in Wanganui for the first time since 1974, the New Zealand Herald reports. (Read more winter weather stories.)

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