The Mountainwatch Detailed Forecast is provided by our resident meteorology sensei "The Grasshopper". The analysis is issued every morning and is intended to provide an additional human element to the automated forecast data provided above. Sometimes we won't agree exactly with the model data - but if we ever call something significantly different we'll do our best to explain why.
7:00am Tuesday 4 August 2015
Shiver me timbers.... it's cold this morning. -12.6c recorded at the Thredbo top station at 3:25am. Skies are mostly clear. It's pretty calm out there too... for now. Wrap up warm.
This week we can expect some of the coldest days of the year as we sit between an area of high pressure out west and a low to the south which is pumping cold Antarctic air over the region. For today, it'll be mostly sunny with a few flurries on the peaks. The westerlies will strengthen this evening as a cold front approaches. Snow showers will work their magic overnight. As the front clears tomorrow morning the showers will gradually fizzle out to leave a few flurries and partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. These conditions will continue through Thursday and Friday as a high gradually advances from the west. It will be great for snowmaking throughout, the grooming team have a hard few days work ahead!
The front out to the south-west is eyeing us up for tonight. :: Source:: BOM (vandalised by the Grasshopper)
Tuesday 4 August:
Mostly sunny with a few flurries about on the peaks. It'll be cold. The wind will strengthen this evening. Snow showers developing overnight.
Wednesday 5 August:
Mostly cloudy with snow showers. These showers will be heaviest during the morning. Total dry snow accumulations between 6 and 12 cm. If you're looking to carve some fresh tracks, this could be your day. Possibility of wind hold early in the morning.
Thursday 6 August:
Partly cloudy with light snow showers giving a fresh dusting.
Friday 7 August:
Partly cloudy with flurries.
The weekend will be generally fine with plenty of sunshine. The nights will stay cold so there will be lots of overnight snowmaking and well groomed slopes in the morning. If you are a fair weather skier then next weekend could be your time to make the trip up to the Aussie Alps. Beyond next weekend there is moderate confidence that we will see further snow Monday through Wednesday adding another 10 to 30 cm as a low spins in from the West. I should be able to put more details on this tomorrow.
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