16 September 2019

Winter isn't done with us yet!

| Michael Weaver
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Canberrans can expect to wake to snow-capped Brindabellas on Tuesday morning. Photo: Terry Cunningham.

Winter is not done yet, with a blustery cold front set to leave a coating of snow over the Brindabella ranges when tomorrow (September 17) morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology says Canberra can expect two to five centimetres of snow above 1000 metres overnight on Monday and early Tuesday.

“People will wake up to snow on the Brindabellas, but conditions will remain very warm across the north of NSW until the trough arrives early Tuesday,” a BOM spokesperson said.

The forecast for snow will also bring some much-needed rain, with the bureau predicting between 10 and 25 millimetres for the region today. The forecast for rain will ease on Tuesday with only a 50 per cent chance of up to 3 mm of rain.

While the focus of many people is on bushfires raging in parts of northern NSW and throughout Queensland, the cold change is unlikely to bring much respite to their efforts.

A fire weather warning was issued today for an elevated fire danger across the northeast of NSW. The NSW Hunter region will experience very warm, windy and dry conditions ahead of a cold front crossing southern and eastern NSW.

For farmers in the area, a sheep graziers alert has also been issued due to the cold conditions.

Areas likely to be affected include the Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and ACT forecast districts, and parts of the Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands and Riverina forecast districts.

The forecast for the rest of the week is for the cold front to weaken on Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will rise to the mid-20s as a high-pressure system becomes dominant over the Tasman Sea.

Colder weather and possible rain will return again on the weekend as another cold front looks set to arrive on Friday or Saturday.

Original Article published by Michael Weaver on The RiotACT.

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