The South Island was struck by another polar air mass overnight. Last time we had hail and frost; this time we woke up to snow.
Dunedin shut down for the day. All the roads out of the city were closed all day. School was cancelled, businesses opened with minimal staff, and anyone living in the hill suburbs was advised not to drive. People who tried to take their cars out this morning played bumper cars with other drivers or skittered down icy hills into poles or parked cars or banks. A jack-knifed truck blocked the motorway, trapping many vehicles including the snow plow and grit truck (and there may only be one of each here – snow all over the city is not a frequent occurrence).
We stayed safely at home in front of the fire, watching the snow falling outside.
Our only outing was to take Petra out onto the street to give her her first snow experience. She was intrigued, but didn't feel like getting down to play in it, preferring to look from Travis's arms.
I haven't seen snow for years so I enjoyed crunching around and scooping up snowballs.