STUNNING: A thick blanket of snow covered Wallangarra Rd at about 4:30 this morning.  Photo: Alex Nolan / Stanthorpe Border Post
STUNNING: A thick blanket of snow covered Wallangarra Rd at about 4:30 this morning. Photo: Alex Nolan / Stanthorpe Border Post Alex Nolan

Sorry, there's snow chance in hell of winter wonderland

So, how likely is snow in southern Queensland this weekend?

Well, not very, with all but the most optimistic of forecasters saying the white winter will be limited to New South Wales as a massive cold front sweeps north on Friday and Saturday.  

 

This GPS forecast is tipping snow for later in the week. Source: Higgins Storm Chasing
This GPS forecast is tipping snow for later in the week. Source: Higgins Storm Chasing

As you can see according to the forecast map above there is an outside chance of a tiny amount of snow falling across a very small area of the Southern Downs at some stage on Friday or Saturday. 

And while the BOM agrees there's going to be snow in NSW senior forecaster Jenny Sturroc said the likelihood of making an igloo in Stanthorpe next weekend was next to non-existent. 

"It's very unlikely that Queensland will get snow from an event like this one," Ms Sturroc said.

 

 

"In weather events like this these systems tend to lack moisture by the time they push that far north and freezing levels tend to be too high meaning the snow has well and truly melted by the time it hits the ground."

"The furthest north our NSW forecasters are predicting snow is Armidale or Guyra and they're saying a light dusting."

However much further south the Snowy Mountains should get the first significant fall of the ski season - bringing much needed relief to the resorts which have struggled to open lifts. 

And Orange and Katoomba in the southern highlands are also expected to see a decent dusting. 


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