A dramatic cold snap across Australia’s south-east has seen our ski resorts coated in a thick blanket of snow.
Temperatures plummeted across the eastern states yesterday and our Alpine region is really reaping in the benefits with a good outlook for the upcoming ski season.
The snow is starting to accumulate on slopes in Australia as the forecast snowfall rolls in. Up to 30cm reported so far and due to continue all week. Season starting weekend after next unless somewhere opens early. Pictured @Perisher @fallscreekok @MtHotham_RMB pic.twitter.com/vkBt37bUOd
— Snow Forecast.com (@SnowForecast) May 27, 2019
In New South Wales, Perisher was hit with at least 20cm of snowfall in just 24 hours with temperatures dropping to between -4C and -6C in the area.
Thredbo also saw a lot of snow with about five centimetres coating the area.
Further south in Victoria, Mt Buller saw a coating of 20cm of snow while Falls Creek had 15cm of snowfall. Temperatures plummeted in the area to -2C but actually went down as low as -14C with the wind chill.
Amazing scenes at Mt Buller! 😮😍
Image: @skiclubofvictoria pic.twitter.com/H8qJKLjCyS
— SNOWSEARCH australia (@SNOWSEARCH_aus) May 27, 2019
According to Weatherzone meteorologists, the snowfall has come as a result of a series of cold fronts passing through NSW and Victoria.
And apparently there’s more to come with several cold fronts expected in the coming days due to bring more snow.
“Monday’s snow will taper off by the afternoon and the most recent cold front heads out into the Tasman Sea. However, another front is already on the horizon,” said Ben Dimension of Weatherzone to 9News.
“The next surge of cold air moving up from the Southern Ocean will reach the mainland alps on Tuesday night. Snow is likely to fall in the alps ahead of, with, and behind this strong frontal system.
“Some parts of the alpine region are likely to see another 20-40cm of snow between Tuesday and Friday on top of what’s already on the ground, possibly more about the peaks and in the back country.”
As the temperatures continue to drop, some areas outside the alpine region could also see snow.
“In addition to the alpine snow, other elevated areas in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania could see some flakes this week.
“There were reports of snow falling on higher parts of the Oberon Plateau late on Monday morning as the cold front reached central NSW.
“The next front could bring air cold enough to produce snow below 1000 metres above sea level in central NSW on Wednesday or Thursday. Further south, snow could reach down to 600m in Victoria and 500 metres in Tasmania during the middle of the week.”