Cold Southwest Change Brings Early Snow Falls to The Mountains – Photo Spread

April 12th, 2021
A wintry Falls Creek yesterday morning. Photo: Falls Creek

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The first snowfalls of 2021 occurred over the weekend as a strong cold front brought sub-zero temperatures and biting SSW winds across the alpine regions. The cold front hit the Victorian resorts on Saturday afternoon with Mt Baw Baw copping the brunt of the storm with 22cms on the ground by Sunday afternoon. Mt Buller received 15cms, but snowfalls were a little lighter further north, Hotham and Falls receiving 10cms.


Mt Baw Baw – 13cms on Sunday morning and another 9cms fell during the day. Photo: Mt Baw Baw

In NSW there were light snowfalls in the early hours on Sunday morning followed by consistent snow showers throughout the day with strong WSW winds at 80-90km/hr. Snow fell as low as Thredbo Village (1380m) with 5-10cms above 1700 metres.

This cold snap was a big change to the previous weekend which was one of the warmer weekends of the year in the mountains, with temps reaching 28 degrees.


Thredbo this morning after yesterday’s snow fell to the village. Photo: Thredbo

While this snow will melt over the next couple of days, it’s alway nice to see the first snowfall of the year. As to what it means for winter – we all know early snowfalls are no indication of what kind of winter is in store for us.

But hold tight, the Grasshopper is starting to look into the climate drivers, various models and weather patterns around the world and will be publishing  his first outlook for the 2021 season very soon.


Above and below, Mid-winter vibes in Mt Buller yesterday. Photos: Mt Buller



The cold front hit Tasmania first, leaving a fresh layer of snow at Cradle Mountain. Photo: Cradle Mountain Lodge


A classic high country image from Dinner Plain yesterday.


A teasing taste of winner at Hotham yesterday. Photo: Hotham Alpine Resort


A cold and snowy morning in Falls Creek yesterday. Photo: Falls Creek


Thredbo yesterday morning after light snowfalls overnight. Photo: Thredbo


Morning light on Mt Perisher yesterday morning. Photo: Perisher


Screen shot from the Guthega snow cam this morning, looking towards Mt Kosciuszko and the Main Range.


And the winner is Mt Baw Baw – looking like mid-winter this morning after  22cms on the weekend