Video: New Zealand Train Plows Heavy Snow From Tracks

While those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are basking in the warmth of summer, our friends on New Zealand‘s South Island have been dealing with record low temperatures and heavy snowfalls.

Earlier this week, a blizzard hit the Christchurch area, closing schools and businesses while blanketing the region in deep snow. It was so deep, in fact, that in order to open the railroad line through Arthur’s Pass, a Kiwirail train actually had to be used to clear the route. The video below shows that process as the powerful locomotive spectacularly slices through the heavy powder, leaving clean tracks in its wake.