The Grasshopper – The Latest Snow Forecast

The Grasshopper – The Latest Snow Forecast

Some say he hatched one summer on a Himalayan plateau. As cold Autumn winds set in, he stumbled upon a scrap of goretex shed by some unfortunate climber and turned it into the smallest snowsuit ever. Then he strapped himself into a nearby leaf and carved his way down the mountains, hitching a ride with some hikers back to civilisation.

Now Mountainwatch’s resident meteorology sensei, this season we can expect a lot from the little critter. His beloved monthly outlooks across Australia and New Zealand as we lead up to opening day will be joined by forecasts three days per week through June, and culminate with a daily forecast throughout all of July and August. No doubt he’ll be run off his feet, so it’s a good thing he has six.

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DETAILED FORECAST
  • AUSTRALIA
  • New Zealand

Wednesday 26 September

 

Synoptic Outlook:

Well guys and gals, the end is nigh. After this weekend, some resorts will close their doors on what has been an epic season. Other resorts will carry on the good fight until next weekend, the 7thof October. Friday will be my last forecast of the season… sob… then I will be heading into the backcountry to eke out some last turns before hanging up my six ski boots for good… or at least until the northern hemisphere starts dumping snow.

 

A wee trough has kicked up some snow showers over the Snowy’s, but it’ll clear this morning as the features drifts away to the east. NW winds will pick up on Thursday as a super weak cold front approaches from the west. The front will cross during Friday with just scattered showers over the Aussie Alps. However, freezing SW winds will sweep over us on Saturday and dump about 5-10cm of fresh powder – the perfect way to end the season!

 

Image Of The Day:

 

Some freshies to be had today! There’s more snow on the cards for Saturday, so we can have one last hoorah before resorts close their doors. Source:: Metservice (vandilised by the Grasshopper)

 

Wednesday 26 September:

Remaining snow showers over the Snowy’s clear this morning to a nice sunny day with light and variable winds.

 

Thursday 27 September:

A warm sunny day with NW winds.

 

Friday 28 September:

A fine start, but a few showers will spread east from midday as strong to gale NW winds ease.

 

Saturday 29 September:

Snow showers! Freezing cold SW winds.

 

Extended Outlook:

We’ll have high pressure Sunday and Monday, then N-NW winds will pick up on Tuesday as a front or low approach from the west. The front or low should traverse the Aussie Alps next Wednesday, but it’s looking rather warm so we’re likely to get a little wet. After that, the atmosphere is all over the show so things look uncertain, however we’re likely to have a period of settled weather.

 

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Wednesday 26 September

 

Synoptic Outlook:

A freezing southwesterly airstream is blowing over the country, making it feel like winter again. All ski fields have had a good dollop of fresh snow within the past couple of days and there will be more snow showers for Ruapehu and Queenstown fields today. This is spring skiing at its best folks! The southwesterlies will gradually ease on Thursday as a ridge builds, which will then will move up to the North Island during Friday, allowing northwesterlies to kick in over the South Island. The northwesterlies will then then blow a gale on Saturday before the next frontal system starts dumping snow onto the Southern Lakes later in the day.

 

Image Of The Day:

 

You wouldn’t think the season was almost over with these cold temps and all the fresh snow we’ve had. There’s still more snow to come too, woohoo! Source:: Metservice (vandilised by the Grasshopper)

 

Wednesday 26 September:

Strong to gale southwesterly winds will push in a few snow showers onto Queenstown and Ruapehu ski fields, while it’ll be mostly sunny and chilly for Wanaka and Canterbury fields.

 

Thursday 27 September:

Cloud still hanging about Queenstown, but it’ll be mostly fine in Wanaka and Canterbury. There’ll still be the odd snow shower on Ruapehu. Cold SW winds over the country will gradually ease.

 

Friday 28 September:

Nice and sunny for the South Island with a NW breeze developing. A fine start on Ruapehu with a westerly breeze, but there’ll be some cloud and a snow flurry or two in the afternoon.

 

Saturday 29 September:

Mostly cloudy for the Southern Lakes and it’ll start snowing from late afternoon, while it’ll be fine with high cloud for Canterbury. NW winds will rise to gale over the South Island. For Ruapehu, there’ll be some afternoon cloud and a snow flurry or two in the afternoon as well as a westerly breeze.

 

Extended Outlook:

The front that crosses the South Island on Sunday will dump snow during the first half of the day, but it might be more of the wet stuff on Mt Hutt. The front will stall and weaken over Central NZ during Monday, then another cold front will cross the South Island on Tuesday, dumping yet another wad of powder onto ski fields. The cold front will be super weak as it crosses the North Island next Wednesday, while a ridge moves up the South Island, giving us a perfect spring powder day.

 

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Who is The Grasshopper

Some say he hatched one summer on a Himalayan plateau. As cold Autumn winds set in, he stumbled upon a scrap of goretex shed by some unfortunate climber and turned it into the smallest snowsuit ever. Then he strapped himself into a nearby leaf and carved his way down the mountains, hitching a ride with some hikers back to civilisation.

Now Mountainwatch’s resident meteorology sensei, this season we can expect a lot from the little critter. His beloved monthly outlooks across Australia and New Zealand as we lead up to opening day will be joined by forecasts three days per week through June, and culminate with a daily forecast throughout all of July and August. No doubt he’ll be run off his feet, so it’s a good thing he has six.