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Small snow accumulations for the NSW Northern Tablelands

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Inset Video: Slow-motion snow flurries north of Ben Lomond, NSW off the New England Highway as documented by Michael Bath.

Elevated regions of the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales saw snow flurries overnight and into early this morning, with slightly more accumulations of snow observed at Mount Kaptuar (east of Narrabri, NSW).

Overnight minimum temperatures for parts of the Northern Tablelands (NSW) and Darling Downs & Granite Belt (QLD) are expected to fall into single digits into this coming weekend, with the potential for sub-zero temperatures especially during Thursday and Friday.

Sub-zero temperatures are expected to persist into early next week for some locations, with Armidale, NSW forecast to dip below freezing until mid-next week with minimum temperature forecasts of -0.4 on Thursday, -1.4 on Friday, -1.2 during Saturday, -1.1 on Sunday and -1.8 leading into Monday. Glen Innes is forecast to reach minimum of -3.8 early on Friday morning.

Locations such as Guyra, Ben Lomond, Inverell and Tenterfield are also likely to fall below freezing towards the end of the week and into this coming weekend, as a complex low pressure system slowly moves east further into the Tasman maintaining cool, dry southerly winds over the central and northern regions. Widespread frosts will result in fog patches over inland regions along with widespread frosts. Daytime temperatures are expected to remain below average over the next couple of days as a result of the cool southerly wind flow.

Sub-zero temperatures are expected to persist into early next week for some locations, with Armidale, NSW forecast to dip below freezing until mid-next week with minimum temperature forecasts of 0 on Thursday, -1 on Friday, -1 during Saturday, -1 on Sunday and -1 leading into Monday. Glen Innes is forecast to reach minimum of -4 early on Friday morning.

For residents in QLD, minimum temperatures are to remain in the single digits over the next few days in many parts of the state, and below freezing in some southern inland areas. Stanthorpe and Applethorpe regions may fall just below freezing on Thursday morning, before warming slightly during the following nights with 1 forecast for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and into Sunday at this stage. Whilst these temperatures are normal for this time of year heading into July, no records are set to be broken at this stage.

Our very own EWN staff were out and about early this morning, particularly through the Guyra and Ben Lomond regions, and snapped some excellent photos of the snow fall occurrences overnight into early this morning. These snowfalls were confined to the elevated areas around the New England region, with areas with much lower elevating receiving no coverage.

We hope you enjoy the images and video provided below by our staff and remember to always follow our social media pages on both Facebook and Twitter for updates about severe weather in your region. If you happen to snap any snow images that you wish to share with us, please do not hesitate to also send them to us via social media so we can share those images with the community.

Image 1: Snow flurry scene with light ground accumulation. Ben Lomond, June 23rd 2020 via Michael Bath.

Image 2: Very light snow settles under the trees in Ben Lomond, NSW. Ben Lomond, June 23rd 2020 via Justin Noonan.


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