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Snow falls in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin

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New Zealand's largest cities are all receiving snow in some form today as an historic Antarctic storm sweeps up the nation.

Wellington has had especially heavy snow in the past hour, settling in the CBD.

And in Auckland numerous reports are coming into WeatherWatch.co.nz of snow falling in some parts of the city within some showers.

Pukekohe has seen the white stuff while heavier snow has been reported on the Waitakere Ranges.

Many people on Twitter and our Facebook page have commented on snow flakes mixed with rain during a shower that passed over the city around 11:30am.

"Hi just to let you know we had quite a heavy bit of snow in Pukekohe 12.30 today for about 10 mins. Flakes were quite big about the size of 20 cent coins at one point" WeatherWatch.co.nz reader James Frost told us.

Meanwhile another reader in the central city said he saw snow flakes too. "Seen by several people on the top floors of the Grafton Campus, University of Auckland. I have lived over 10 years in places where it snows and there were definitely snow flakes for about 30 seconds, none settling".

WeatherWatch.co.nz head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the snow flakes were quite likely with the city surrounded in snow clouds. "While most of the snow will remain above 200 metres we do expect some snow flakes to sea level in Auckland today and tonight".

"Aucklanders won't have white out conditions like Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin but certainly a few isolated pockets are snow are likely mixed in with the rain".

Mr Duncan says the risk for more snow showers across Auckland will actually increase this afternoon and tonight.

The last time snow was reported in Auckland was during the 1970s and before that the 1930s.

Further south and snow is falling in Greymouth and on the other side of the alps in Canterbury as the southerly blast roars on.

- WeatherWatch.co.nz

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