The first wintery blast for 2010 is crossing south western Australia and bringing with it the first flakes of snow in the mountains.The cold front that crossed the Victorian alps Sunday, led by a 994Hpa Low, dropped a dusting of snow and slushy rain at higher elevations giving Autumn visitors to resort towns like Mt Hotham(1900m) a preview to the 2010 winter.
Although its too early to say this means a great winter snow depth, its always exciting to feel the chill and see the snow so early on. Hopefully this little winter prelude is the start of a strong winter storm pattern for 2010.
Weather will warm back up mildly in the Australian mountains by Tuesday with freezing levels rising back up to summer elevations around the mid 3000m mark.
In 2009 we had a 15-25cm dump of snow across the Australian Snowy Mountains on the Anzac Day break.
The Mountainwatch.com Fly-Through forecast showing falls across Victorian mountains Sunday afternoon and evening continuing.
The situation over Australia at 11am Sunday morning.
(News From Mt Hotham)
FIRST SNOWFALLS AT HOTHAM HERALD THE COMING OF WINTER
Mt Hotham today.
The first snowflakes preceding the winter season have fallen at Hotham Alpine Resort today.
Snow had been forecast to fall today with the first flakes falling in the early afternoon. The current temperature is -1.3 degrees and today’s snow fell down to 1400m.
The light dusting of snow settled on the ground in Hotham and Dinner Plain to the joy of residents and visitors. Much of this has melted now but with more snow forecast for tomorrow it looks like winter is here to stay.
Predictions for the 2010 winter season are very positive to date.
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