Widespread snowfalls on ranges
Saturday, 26 July 2003
Widespread snowfalls fell in the early hours of this morning in the Upper Hunter
on higher ground. The snow settled to elevations as low as 900m and the snow
could be seen lying on the hills around Timor, Wingen and Moonan Flat. The
Barrington Tops received between 5 to 8 cm of snow on the higher parts, while
Hanging Rock (Nundle) had a cover of snow of approximately 15cm
deep by this afternoon.
Snow also fell on Thursday morning (24 July), but was not as widespread and as
heavy as the snowfall of this morning. Since Thursday, the temperatures in the Hunter
have been cool and near normal for this time of year. Proceeding a cold front on
Wednesday night, temperatures were abnormally mild. The Upper Hunter received light showers on Thursday
morning and this morning but overall the atmosphere was very dry as a result of
the west north west air stream.