Stuff.co.nz, ANDREA O’NEIL, 13 Nov 2014
A freak hailstorm dumped several inches of ice on top of Wellington’s Haywards Hill this afternoon.
Motorist Kate Mitchell said paddocks surrounding the rural road were white with what she thought was snow at around 4.15pm, and traffic was virtually at a standstill while hail rained down.
“It was like driving up Ruapehu. It was unbelievable,” Mitchell said.
“It was the most bizarre thing I’d ever seen.”
MetService severe weather forecaster Heath Gullery said it was not cold enough on the Haywards for snow, but there had been snow on the tops of the Tararuas. The thunderstorm had moved on to Paraparaumu, and Wellington could expect a bit more hail tonight and then clear weather, he said.