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Oh snow, polar blast headed our way

Michael Weaver 7 August 2019 72

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast for snowfall in the region for this Friday. Image courtesy of BOM.

Don’t put away your puffer jackets just yet! Hot on the heels of Canberra’s warmest July average temperature is a polar blast this week that will have the region reaching for the winter woollies.

A deep cold front will focus its energy on Southern inland NSW on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, bringing the best chance this winter of snow falling and possibly settling in the capital.

Areas surrounding the ACT such as Corin Forest, Mt Franklin Road and south of Tharwa towards Adaminaby are likely hot spots for snowfalls, while areas to the north around Crookwell may also be worth a drive.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts for the Alps and Snowy Mountains are for truckloads of snow to fall, from today (Wednesday) through to Monday next week. The biggest falls of snow will hit the Snowy Mountains between Thursday and Saturday. Westerly and northwesterly winds of between 40 and 70 km/h are also predicted.

Forecast data is also continually suggesting that Canberra will see snowfalls from this system.

In the ACT very strong cold westerly winds should develop Thursday night and they may reach damaging strengths of up to 90km/h on Friday especially on the ranges. Canberra will have bone-chilling tops of just 9 degrees with a 5-10deg wind chill.

Image of the polar low forecast position for this Thursday. Image courtesy: Higgins Storm Chasing.

Southern NSW will see strong westerly winds of 60-70km/r across the state on Thursday. These winds could even stir up some dust storms inland. Wind speeds could reach damaging strengths of 100km/r across the South East, Central Ranges and possibly even the Northern ranges from Thursday to Saturday.

Any bush fires that start could also become very dangerous due to the dry conditions and very strong winds.

Veteran meteorologist Clem Davis said that after we shivered through the coldest May temperatures in 20 years, Canberra recorded the warmest July maximum temperature on record of 13.7 degrees. He said while the cold front heading our way this week will definitely bring snow to the mountains, it’s unlikely to settle in Canberra.

“We tend to be in a bit of a rain shadow here in Canberra and we’re just not quite high enough, so if we do get snow, it could be overnight and it doesn’t usually last long.

“Certainly the higher areas could see some snow flurries in Canberra depending on when those snow systems come through,” Mr Davis said.

He added that the higher July average temperatures were in line with a trend that hasn’t changed in the past 24 years.

“So for 24 years, we haven’t had a July daily maximum temperature below the average. That’s beyond cyclic and well outside natural variations,” Mr Davis said.

If the capital does receive snowfall, it will have Canberrans recalling the last decent falls in May 2000 when the Canberra Raiders played the Balmain Tigers at Canberra Stadium on a very chilly Sunday afternoon.

The day the NRL froze at the footy in May 2000 when the Raiders played the Tigers at Canberra Stadium. Photo: Raiders website.

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7:37 pm 09 Aug 19

Amelia Laudenbach must be following you

9:22 pm 08 Aug 19

Perfect footy weather 🙌🏼 Yvette-LouEllen Douglas Anderson Brendan Fischer

9:04 pm 08 Aug 19

Lauren Briggs if it snows in ACT this weekend, I’m picking you up and we are driving to find it! Foot down! 🤣

6:09 pm 08 Aug 19

Certain signs tell me Canberra winter is well from over. Wattle is usually out by now and its been a warmer winter so far

5:47 pm 08 Aug 19

And down here in Victoria for next week.

Pouring atm and very windy.

2 C tonight.

2:03 pm 08 Aug 19

Irene Georgia Josh James John Ashley Molly any1 keen to go for a drive and see the snow!?!

10:49 am 08 Aug 19

After living through - 30 in North East China last January I think I will be fine

10:39 am 08 Aug 19

Patrick Phillips Max Moffat petition to rename our sharehouse to a sharedfridge

9:25 am 08 Aug 19

Kate Harvey Watson we don’t even have to go to the brindies

7:16 am 08 Aug 19

Feeling for those on night shift over the weekend.

6:44 am 08 Aug 19

Dannielle yay but nooooo

10:34 pm 07 Aug 19

Nono no no no no no

10:00 pm 07 Aug 19

Bring it

9:46 pm 07 Aug 19

One positive is the Raiders could get a repeat of 2000’s snow day

8:30 pm 07 Aug 19

Only Canberrans are excited about a polar blast because it might bring snow - every other report about this would suggest it is the end of civilisation as we know it.

8:25 pm 07 Aug 19

Keep warm you two x

6:53 pm 07 Aug 19

Oh oh....steven uhe

5:08 pm 07 Aug 19

Aman Mankoo congratulations

4:35 pm 07 Aug 19

Krystal Bush plenty of snow coming

John Moulis 3:32 pm 07 Aug 19

The good news is that it is only temporary. The forecast says that hot, sunny weather will be back on Thursday week. Hopefully after that we will have several months of unbroken very hot and sunny weather.

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