9 April 2024

First snowfall of the year brings winter charm to the Snowies, albeit briefly

| Claire Sams
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The first snowfall of the season has landed. Photo: Valhalla Perisher/Facebook.

It’s (almost) wintertime, and some in the Snowies woke up to an early dusting of snow this morning (9 April).

Weatherzone meteorologist Yoska Hernández said approximately five to eight centimetres had fallen overnight in parts of NSW and Victoria, including in Thredbo, Perisher and nearby areas of the Snowy Mountains.

“This was the result of a cold front that passed over the southeast [of Australia] yesterday and overnight, delivering some significant rainfall totals, as well as some snow in the alpine region,” she said.

“It was a higher amount of snow about the Thredbo and Perisher area.”

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Ms Hernández said that while it might seem strange that snow is falling in April, 2024 wasn’t the first time it had happened.

“It’s not an isolated event – we have had snows in April in past years,” she said.

“This cold front just came in from the southern ocean, so it was relatively cooler than the conditions had been in April so far.

“There was a significant amount of moisture fixed to this cold front, as well.”

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But unfortunately for those wanting to test out their skiing skills, Ms Hernández is expecting the snow to melt pretty quickly.

“We may see some light snow showers during the remainder of Tuesday, but most of the snow will melt during Wednesday,” she said.

“Temperatures are rising that little bit, and that will start to melt the snow.”

The remainder of the week is forecast to feature warmer temperatures, clocking in at the high teens.

While it is too early to make firm predictions, any further snowfall is expected to not fall until the end of April.

“At the moment, it’s not looking like there will be much precipitation and snow over the alpine regions,” she said.

“There might be a few flurries – but just light snow.”

“We might see a more significant cold front at the end of the month.”

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