Coldest day in 130 years of records

Snow in Woodham Drive, Ashburton.
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Snow in Woodham Drive, Ashburton.

GETTING CREATIVE: Maya Stiven makes snowmen in her Beckenham backyard today.
2 of 30Debbie Bergin
GETTING CREATIVE: Maya Stiven makes snowmen in her Beckenham backyard today.
Police closed SH6 north of Greymouth to most traffic after McLeans Creek overflowed.
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Police closed SH6 north of Greymouth to most traffic after McLeans Creek overflowed.
DOG'S LIFE: Gemma the bichon in her Rangiora backyard.
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DOG'S LIFE: Gemma the bichon in her Rangiora backyard.
Snow in Christchurch.
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Snow in Christchurch.
Flooding on State Highway 6 north of Greymouth.
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Flooding on State Highway 6 north of Greymouth.
BIRD FEED: A finch feeds in Eric Pollock's Rangiora backyard.
7 of 30Eric Pollock
BIRD FEED: A finch feeds in Eric Pollock's Rangiora backyard.
Snow in Wigram, Christchurch.
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Snow in Wigram, Christchurch.
A house surrounded by floodwaters north of Greymouth.
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A house surrounded by floodwaters north of Greymouth.
Lakya the husky has an early morning romp in the snow in Ashburton.
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Lakya the husky has an early morning romp in the snow in Ashburton.
WARM KITTY: Mia the cat is wrapped up warm against the cold by her owner Chris Hlavac.
11 of 30Chris Hlavac
WARM KITTY: Mia the cat is wrapped up warm against the cold by her owner Chris Hlavac.
SURF'S UP: Southshore beach was transformed by snow today.
12 of 30Chris Hlavac
SURF'S UP: Southshore beach was transformed by snow today.
WATER'S EDGE: Snow reaches the sea at Southshore beach.
13 of 30Chris Hlavac
WATER'S EDGE: Snow reaches the sea at Southshore beach.
FUN IN THE SNOW: Nick and Claire Goodey at Sumner Beach.
14 of 30Nick Goodey
FUN IN THE SNOW: Nick and Claire Goodey at Sumner Beach.
FAMILY FUN: Dr Annie Maillard and Esme Maillard enjoy a snowfight at TaiTapu.
15 of 30John Maillard
FAMILY FUN: Dr Annie Maillard and Esme Maillard enjoy a snowfight at TaiTapu.
PLAY TIME: Summer Bennett rugged up in Rolleston.
16 of 30Rebecca Bennett
PLAY TIME: Summer Bennett rugged up in Rolleston.
Wintry conditions at Christchurch Airport.
17 of 30Jonathan Manuel
Wintry conditions at Christchurch Airport.
Snow falls in Westmorland, Christchurch.
18 of 30James Griffen
Snow falls in Westmorland, Christchurch.
Snow in Burnside, Christchurch.
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Snow in Burnside, Christchurch.
NEVER TOO EARLY: Jazmine was out playing in the Twizel snow before daylight.
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NEVER TOO EARLY: Jazmine was out playing in the Twizel snow before daylight.
PRETTY IN PINK: Flowers still blooming in Ilam.
21 of 30Laura Dowsett
PRETTY IN PINK: Flowers still blooming in Ilam.
SNOW LOVER: Eli of Ilam loves snow, says the Dowsett family.
22 of 30Laura Dowsett
SNOW LOVER: Eli of Ilam loves snow, says the Dowsett family.
PREBBLETON: Winter landscape
23 of 30Melissa Knott
PREBBLETON: Winter landscape
SLIPPERY: Careful progress for traffic on Dyers Pass Rd.
24 of 30John Kirk-Anderson
SLIPPERY: Careful progress for traffic on Dyers Pass Rd.
ASHBURTON: Snow has been falling heavily in mid-Canterbury.
25 of 30Christine Richards
ASHBURTON: Snow has been falling heavily in mid-Canterbury.
SNOWGLOBE: Ashburton resident Christine Richards has photographed the large flakes as they fall.
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SNOWGLOBE: Ashburton resident Christine Richards has photographed the large flakes as they fall.
WHITE OUT: Snow lies thickly on a garden in the hills above Rangiora.
27 of 30Richard Cosgrove
WHITE OUT: Snow lies thickly on a garden in the hills above Rangiora.
WINTRY: Rangiora residents woke to see their gardens blanketed in snow.
28 of 30Richard Cosgrove
WINTRY: Rangiora residents woke to see their gardens blanketed in snow.
SHELTER: Some stock have found shelter from the wind and snow.
29 of 30Richard Cosgrove
SHELTER: Some stock have found shelter from the wind and snow.
SHIVERING: No escape for these animals in a paddock near Rangiora.
30 of 30Richard Cosgrove
SHIVERING: No escape for these animals in a paddock near Rangiora.

Christchurch shivered through its coldest day on record yesterday.


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SNOWY OUTLOOK: A rural snow scene in Glentunnel today.
1 of 33Tina Parkinson
SNOWY OUTLOOK: A rural snow scene in Glentunnel today.
CUTE KIDS: Cooper, Bella, Sydney and Brooke Marsh trek to St Albans School today.
2 of 33Hayley Marsh
CUTE KIDS: Cooper, Bella, Sydney and Brooke Marsh trek to St Albans School today.
SNOWY SCENE: Waikuku Beach, North Canterbury.
3 of 33Stephen McQuarrie
SNOWY SCENE: Waikuku Beach, North Canterbury.
WHITE OUT: Snow on the tracks at Styx Mill, Redwood.
4 of 33Stephen McQuarrie
WHITE OUT: Snow on the tracks at Styx Mill, Redwood.
SCHOOL'S OUT: Christchurch Boys' High School blanketed in snow yesterday.
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SCHOOL'S OUT: Christchurch Boys' High School blanketed in snow yesterday.
QUIET SPOT: Snow rests on a memorial flower left at the former site of the CTV building today.
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QUIET SPOT: Snow rests on a memorial flower left at the former site of the CTV building today.
QUAKE-MAN: Izak and Monica Koster with their EQC inspector snowman.
7 of 33Melanie Koster
QUAKE-MAN: Izak and Monica Koster with their EQC inspector snowman.
FIRST SNOW: James Leuzzi, 4 months, enjoying his first taste of snow in Hillmorton, Christchurch.
8 of 33Anna Leuzzi
FIRST SNOW: James Leuzzi, 4 months, enjoying his first taste of snow in Hillmorton, Christchurch.
ROBOT-MAN: Kyra Elliott, 9, and Alexis Elliott, 5, in Mairehau with their robotic snowman.
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ROBOT-MAN: Kyra Elliott, 9, and Alexis Elliott, 5, in Mairehau with their robotic snowman.
BIKE TIME: Will Paterson can't understand why his bike won't work in Rangiora.
10 of 33Edwina Paterson
BIKE TIME: Will Paterson can't understand why his bike won't work in Rangiora.
A RARE SIGHT: Snow on Sumner beach in June.
11 of 33Iain McGregor
A RARE SIGHT: Snow on Sumner beach in June.
SUB-ZERO: Leigh Greening's breath is visible in the freezing Sumner air.
12 of 33Iain McGregor
SUB-ZERO: Leigh Greening's breath is visible in the freezing Sumner air.
TOO EARLY: Leigh Greening arrives at Our Lady Star of the Sea school in Sumner with Holly Jones, 6, and Riley Jones, 5. School was shut until 11am.
13 of 33Iain McGregor
TOO EARLY: Leigh Greening arrives at Our Lady Star of the Sea school in Sumner with Holly Jones, 6, and Riley Jones, 5. School was shut until 11am.
JAMMED: Traffic travelling north on SH 1 were stopped at Waipara Junction this morning. Snow fell heavily in the region overnight.
14 of 33Stacy Squires
JAMMED: Traffic travelling north on SH 1 were stopped at Waipara Junction this morning. Snow fell heavily in the region overnight.
CHILLY WORK: Matt Sixtus, Washcreek farm manager, ensuring his Waipara stock are surviving in the snow.
15 of 33Stacy Squires
CHILLY WORK: Matt Sixtus, Washcreek farm manager, ensuring his Waipara stock are surviving in the snow.
CHILLY POOCH: Kodak the dog in Glentunnel today.
16 of 33Tina Parkinson
CHILLY POOCH: Kodak the dog in Glentunnel today.
AT WORK: Washcreek farm manager Matt Sixtus at work with his dogs despite temperatures in the Waipara valley plummeting to -7.5deg at sunrise.
17 of 33Stacy Squires
AT WORK: Washcreek farm manager Matt Sixtus at work with his dogs despite temperatures in the Waipara valley plummeting to -7.5deg at sunrise.
CAREFUL START: Motorists consider their options on Cashmere's Rose Street.
18 of 33Kirk Hargreaves
CAREFUL START: Motorists consider their options on Cashmere's Rose Street.
STILL: Mist rises from a Richmond waterway.
19 of 33Nicholas Keyse
STILL: Mist rises from a Richmond waterway.
PORT HILLS: The moon over the Port Hills, taken from Church Bay.
20 of 33Connor Stead
PORT HILLS: The moon over the Port Hills, taken from Church Bay.
GLISTENING: A close-up of the snow crystals.
21 of 33Tim McGinn
GLISTENING: A close-up of the snow crystals.
SNOW RAT: Snowy sculpture by the Van der Merwe family of Bromley.
22 of 33Leonicca van der Merwe
SNOW RAT: Snowy sculpture by the Van der Merwe family of Bromley.
Spiders web, Halswell.
23 of 33David Christie
Spiders web, Halswell.
Winter blankets Christchurch, from the Port Hills.
24 of 33Badger Ltd
Winter blankets Christchurch, from the Port Hills.
BREATHTAKING: The view of Lyttelton Harbour from Dyers Pass Rd.
25 of 33Martin van Beynen
BREATHTAKING: The view of Lyttelton Harbour from Dyers Pass Rd.
CANTERBURY: Snow covers the city through to the alps as seen from the top of Cashmere Hill.
26 of 33Martin van Beynen
CANTERBURY: Snow covers the city through to the alps as seen from the top of Cashmere Hill.
TREACHEROUS: Icy start for Diamond Harbour.
27 of 33John Kirk-Anderson
TREACHEROUS: Icy start for Diamond Harbour.
DUSTING: The picturesque harbour town of Lyttelton.
28 of 33John Kirk-Anderson
DUSTING: The picturesque harbour town of Lyttelton.
PINK: Sun rises over the white-capped Southern Alps.
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PINK: Sun rises over the white-capped Southern Alps.
ICY: Snowy dawn peeping through from the hills near Rangiora.
30 of 33Richard Cosgrove
ICY: Snowy dawn peeping through from the hills near Rangiora.
DAWN: Skies clear and cold over a snow-covered Christchurch.
31 of 33Kamala Hayman
DAWN: Skies clear and cold over a snow-covered Christchurch.
CLEARING: Snow still lies thick on the ground on Huntsbury hill.
32 of 33Kamala Hayman
CLEARING: Snow still lies thick on the ground on Huntsbury hill.
CRISP: Snow lies thickly on a garden near Rangiora.
33 of 33Richard Cosgrove
CRISP: Snow lies thickly on a garden near Rangiora.

The National Institute of Water amd Atmospheric Research says the paltry maximum temperature of 0.4 degrees Celsius at Christchurch Airport in the official 24-hour period from 9am yesterday to 9am today is the lowest in more than 130 years of record-keeping.

The previous lowest recorded daily maximum temperature in the city was 1.2C measured in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on July 22, 1918.

LUCKY ESCAPE: Paul and Yvonne Devine's car hit black ice on the Sefton to Rangiora Road about midday and flipped upside down in a ditch.
Stacy Squires
LUCKY ESCAPE: Paul and Yvonne Devine's car hit black ice on the Sefton to Rangiora Road about midday and flipped upside down in a ditch.

Until yesterday, the coldest day maximum at the airport was 1.7C on August 28, 1992, during that year's big snow.

Commuters are urged to take extra care driving home tonight as snow melt risks turning to ice.

Seven minor crashes have been reported to police this afternoon in Canterbury, bringing the total of snow-related crashes today to 15. No injuries had been reported.

But Senior Sergeant Steve King, of the Canterbury Highway Patrol, said the risk was not yet over.

"There is still ice on many roads, and if melting snow refreezes then drivers may face similar hazards overnight and in the morning. Rural locations and shaded areas are particularly at risk."

Police were advising people to assess local conditions and avoid non-essential travel if the roads were icy, King said.

Those who did need to drive were advised to drive slowly, extend following distances, be patient and allow extra time for their trip.

Buses will stop at 6pm.

St John regional operations manager Chris Haines said ambulance crews in Canterbury, in particular in Christchurch, had been "very busy".

They had attended 20 incidents of people falling Christchurch, one in Rangiora and one in Tinwald since 6.30am.

Of the 20, 14 were taken by ambulance to Christchurch Hospital's emergency department.

Ambulances had been fitted with chains as required.

100 homes face another cold night

Most of the power has been restored in Christchurch and central Canterbury

Orion has announced that fewer than 300 customers were still without electricity in its network in Christchurch and central Canterbury.

Most of the affected customers were in the rural area west of Christchurch, including parts of Weedons, Hororata, Kimberley and Castle Hill.

"We know how difficult it is to be without power in these conditions, and we're working as quickly as we can to get power back to everyone," said Orion chief executive Rob Jamieson.

"Access difficulties are hampering efforts, especially in the Castle Hill area. In other places damage from trees falling into lines has been significant, which means repairs can take a long time."

Up to 100 homes in North Canterbury may face another cold night without power, Mainpower engineering manager Peter Hurford has confirmed.

There were currently about 200 homes without power in the area, but Hurford was hopeful power could be restored to about half of those properties before nightfall.

"We are getting through it as quickly as we can but there are some access problems and some problems on inidvidual properties. Unfortunately, there will probably be about 100 homes without power for a second night," he said.

Meanwhile, power in Kaikoura was back up and running and Hurford was confident it would now stay on for good.

"It's pretty solid now. We have a second line up so if one fails we can switch over."

About 2000 Kaikoura homes had lost power about 11am.

Ice risk for roads

Christchurch City Council has been working today to clear hill roads of snow and spread grit on icy road across the city.

Road conditions were improving as ice thaws, however freezing conditions were expected again tonight. Motorists were advised to take extreme caution on the roads while travelling around the city.

The status of Port Hills and Banks Peninsula roads remained unchanged from earlier reports.

Kerbside collection

Wednesday's kerbside collection areas, on the flat, would be completed by the end of today.

For residents on a Thursday collection, whose bins have not been collected today, the council has asked the bins to be left at kerbside.

If bins have not been collected by Saturday afternoon residents should call the council on 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.

Any uncollected bins should be placed back out for collection by 6am on Monday morning.

Seven streets in Lyttelton were not able to be collected today due to hazardous icy conditions. These would be collected tomorrow and Monday. Residents are asked to leave their bins out at the kerbside for collection.

Residents living on lanes in hill areas, whose wheelie bins are normally collected on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday should leave their bins out for collection. Collection was expected to be completed by Friday evening.

Recreation and sports centres

All Council recreation and sports centres would open at 9am tomorrow morning. This was to help to reduce the risk of ice creating a hazard for customers in the facilities' car parks.

Meanwhile, Lincoln University said students who were meant to sit exams today will receive an aegrotat consideration.

Essential services on the campus, including catering, accommodation, library and recreation centre were operating.

Tomorrow's exams are expected to be held. An update is expected about 5pm.

 

Flights disrupted

Some Air New Zealand flight operations resumed at Christchurch Airport this afternoon as conditions begin to improve.

However, the weather saw a large number of flights disrupted across the country.

Customers will be booked onto the next available service as flights are able to operate again.

Air New Zealand customers are advised to check the Air New Zealand website for arrivals and departures information, which will be updated throughout the day.

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