A strong Antarctic front continued to dump record amounts of snow across New Zealand on Wednesday. But for many in New Zealand, the wintery blast is just too much to handle.
Sarah Ivey/New Zealand Herald/AP
Wellington, New Zealand
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First came the once-in-a-lifetime arrival of an emperor penguin in June, and now New Zealand is being visited by the sort of weather only Happy Feet, as the little waddler came to be known, could love.
What began late Sunday afternoon as a few fat flakes – quick, honey, grab the camera, this'll be gone in a minute! – soon turned into an all-out blizzard as the unusually strong Antarctic front lingered over the island nation like some extremely unpleasant dinner party guest.
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Most of the airports have been sporadically closed at one point or another over the past three bitterly cold days, as have many schools. Power supplies have come and gone. As much as two feet of snow have been reported in some places, with neighborhoods here in the sea-level capital recording several inches of the white stuff.