Heavy snow hits Canterbury region hard

02:20 AM 25 Jul 2011 NZST
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Many Canterbury residents awoke this morning to find a heavy blanket of snow covering the ground right throughout the region. The snow began to fall early yesterday (Sunday) evening and continued to get heavier late last night and into the early hours of this morning, it was expected to ease towards lunch-time today.

While it would have brought smiles to the faces of many children, most harness racing trainers across the region could do nothing more than feed and warm their stock.

The severe weather conditions are set to hamper tomorrow's programmed meeting at Addington Raceway, and a decision on whether or not the meeting will go ahead will be made at 4pm this afternoon (Monday July 25) according to CEO Shane Gloury.

"At the rate we are going and if it continues to snow we'll have no alternative but to cancel the meeting," he said. Gloury himself was caught in the shelter of his own home when we spoke, unable to break free from the warm fireplace that separated him and the cold wintry conditions outside. "I've got my trusty laptop, so I won't be getting too far behind. Brian Rabbit lives just around the corner and he's managed to make in to take nominations for Friday," Gloury said.

Steve DOLAN

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