Cold weather brings snow to higher grounds
Friday, 24 June 2005
The higher parts of the Upper Hunter received its first
substantial snowfall for this year in the last 36 hours. Snow settled on hills
as low as 800m surrounding Murrurundi, Merriwa and Scone. The high parts of the
Barrington Tops (~1500m) had a cover of 15cm by yesterday afternoon. Hunter
Springs/Tomalla which is at approximately 1250m had 8cm cover of snow by this
A low pressure system with an interacting cold front
contributed to the snowfalls. The lower lying areas of the Hunter received
light falls of rain. This rain fell as snow on higher ground where the
temperatures were cold enough. The snowfalls were widespread on the New South
Wales tablelands, from the Victorian to the Queensland border. Maximum
temperatures across the Hunter Region were the lowest so far this year.
The low pressure system in the Tasman sea has moved further
east this morning and
a trough line is feeding mild moist air into the Hunter. This is causing the
temperature to increase and rain is now falling
at high elevations this morning.
Photos taken at the Moppy Picnic Ground on the Barrington Tops yesterday.
Photos courtesy of