Winter is coming and it’s right on schedule

Michael Weaver 29 April 2020 29
Mountains east of Quenbeyan

Mountain ranges to the east of Queanbeyan covered in snow last winter. Photo: Region Media.

It’s time to get the electric blanket and winter woollies ready as a cold, wintry blast brings the first dusting of snow to the Brindabella Range and Snowy Mountains this week.

A strong cold front is currently south of the Bight and will reach NSW and the ACT today (29 April) before moving through central and eastern areas of NSW tomorrow.

This system is expected to bring widespread rain to the southern and central inland, followed by a significant wintry blast as a deep low develops near Tasmania.

By Sunday, the front and low should lose influence as they move to the east and are replaced by a new high-pressure system drifting across south-east Australia.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Helen Kirkup told Region Media while it is too early to issue warnings, a severe weather warning for strong winds and a sheep graziers alert are likely to be issued today.

“It is a significant cold front which will bring strong winds, rainfall and the potential for snow after the front pushes through the region,” Ms Kirkup said.

As the cold airmass behind the front moves over the Snowy Mountains, the rain will tend to snow, most likely tomorrow afternoon in Victoria and Tasmania, and during the evening in NSW and the ACT. Winds are likely to be powerful as the front passes, with a high chance of blizzards for higher elevations.

Snow is forecast to fall above 900 metres in the Snowy Mountains and the Brindabellas.

A flood watch for minor to moderate flooding has already been issued for the Tumut River.

Up to 25 mm of rain is forecast to fall in Canberra today, with a further 30 mm tomorrow before temperatures plummet as the first real blast of winter envelopes the region.

Canberrans will face a maximum of just 7 degrees Celsius on Friday with the possibility of small hail and northwesterly winds of between 25 and 35 km/h. The BOM says Canberrans have not seen a sub-10 degree temperature this early since 1952.

“West of the ranges, we should see more significant rainfalls of up to 50 mm and Mt Ginini is likely to catch quite a lot of that rain and the ACT will be in the typical rain shadow,” Ms Kirkup said.

“Thursday’s rainfall will still be widespread, and we add to that the concept of snow on Thursday night and into Friday below the 1000 metre mark.”

Ms Kirkup said there should be some reasonable snowfalls in the Alpine areas and around Cabramurra, Mt Selwyn and Mt Ginini. Canberrans should definitely see a dusting of snow on the Brindabella Range on Friday morning.

“The rain will be ahead of the cold front and it’s going to be tricky to see how much snow there is, depending on how much moisture there is once it cools down. We may even see some snow in the Goulburn and Crookwell area.

“It’s quite a widespread blast of cold air and Canberra is looking to be very cold for the first day of the month of May. Once the rain has cleared, there will be some frosty temperatures over the weekend.

“Heaters usually go on after Anzac Day, so this is pretty much on schedule. We can definitely categorise this as the first blast of winter,” Ms Kirkup said.


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29 Responses to Winter is coming and it’s right on schedule
Capital Retro Capital Retro 5:55 pm 29 Apr 20

“The BOM says Canberrans have not seen a sub-10 degree temperature this early since 1952.”

That’s 68 years ago so it appears that the fear that global warming was about to take over is now totally dispelled and it’s about time too.

    Mikey Moore Mikey Moore 9:37 am 30 Apr 20

    ? You heard it here first folks. 1 cold day voids decades of data.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 2:22 pm 30 Apr 20

    It’s a two way street. Warmists can’t have it all one way all of the time.

Acton Acton 4:28 pm 29 Apr 20

Winter comes every year just like a flu and some people die. Should we social distance from each other, wear masks, self isolate, close the schools, shut the beaches, stop all travel and ruin the economy? Or should we accept that winter comes every year and some people die?

Tammy Britt Welsh Tammy Britt Welsh 3:18 pm 29 Apr 20

Deborah Bird Newell Winter is comin'

Judith White Judith White 3:09 pm 29 Apr 20

In the 60'2 and 70's (probably earlier) there was always a heavy frost before Anzac Day. I remember it crunching under my boots, while walking from a Govt. Hostel to the Anzac Service...

Rob Thomas Rob Thomas 2:31 pm 29 Apr 20

I blame the tram for this.

Tarra Heikkinen Tarra Heikkinen 12:56 pm 29 Apr 20

I’m terrified, my Rheumatoid pain and back pain has already taken a massive turn for the worse....no escaping Winter this year unfortunately, that’s what usually helps me to survive

    Judith White Judith White 3:10 pm 29 Apr 20

    I will also be chasing the sun, when we can.....(for the same reason !) Hang in there and keep warm...

maxblues maxblues 12:10 pm 29 Apr 20

Winter is “right on schedule”? Bring back global warming. I blame 5G or too many ISO Barrs.

Debbie Hope Debbie Hope 11:18 am 29 Apr 20

Yep. Anzac to Armastice

John Clarke John Clarke 10:51 am 29 Apr 20

The time of year I hate Canberra the most.. freezing cold and white capped mountains.. bring back summer and daylight savings!!

Meegan Ward Meegan Ward 10:46 am 29 Apr 20

I just found all my winter clothes, put away fresh, it's like a mini shop 😂. They are my kerpers

Natalie Asha Natalie Asha 10:30 am 29 Apr 20

Veronika snow time 🤗

    Veronika Puršová Veronika Puršová 10:36 am 29 Apr 20

    Natalie Asha Yeah We might go and check It out on weekend Haha 🤣 and I think its time for me to buy winter jacket haha 🙈😆

    Natalie Asha Natalie Asha 10:37 am 29 Apr 20

    Veronika Puršová yes! I recommend the ones from Kathmandu shop

    Veronika Puršová Veronika Puršová 10:38 am 29 Apr 20

    Natalie Asha yeah very very expensive unfortunately 😕

    Natalie Asha Natalie Asha 10:40 am 29 Apr 20

    Worth it though as you’ll use it every day for many months and years. I still use my duck down jacket that I bought from there in 2011 😆 still in great condition and super warm 9 years later

Alex Irons Alex Irons 10:03 am 29 Apr 20

Naks Suresh also it might snow

Katie-Jane Lubiejewski Katie-Jane Lubiejewski 9:57 am 29 Apr 20

Parker Roberts

Slide, no lifting!!!

Kriso Hadskini Kriso Hadskini 9:41 am 29 Apr 20

Love love love winter! So much better than smokey sizzling, boring summers.

    Kerri Hallas Kerri Hallas 10:15 am 29 Apr 20

    Kriso Hadskini me too, bring it on!

    Tara Murray Tara Murray 11:39 am 29 Apr 20

    Kriso Hadskini such a refreshing change from the hot smokey summer we had

Tara Murray Tara Murray 9:38 am 29 Apr 20

Love it!! My favourite time of year

Tod Davis Tod Davis 9:37 am 29 Apr 20

Unfortunately we’re not allowed to enjoy it 😪

    Lynn Stape Lynn Stape 3:37 pm 29 Apr 20

    We just went for a glorious walk in the rain... there are always ways of enjoying the weather, if not the usual... :-)

    Tod Davis Tod Davis 3:38 pm 29 Apr 20

    sorry, i'm a 4x4 enthusiast and i'm itching to be able to head into the mountains again

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