Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman
Pinch and a punch and a foot of pow for the first 2 days of the month! Much of the Australian alps woke to a pretty staggering sight this morning with up to 30cm blanketing the resorts since early yesterday and throughout last night.
We were doing double takes of our Mountainwatch models last week when we saw some of our Aussie resorts jostling for position in our top 10, seven day forecast totals. While these quickly gave way to the enormous totals that have been falling across the likes of California and Utah, the models aligned and delivered snow as promised overnight – and plenty of it.
While it’s not unheard of to get a December dump, it’s certainly one of the biggest we’ve seen in a long while and is pretty impressive when you look at the starkly different top temps expected by the end of the week.
Of all the resorts, Hotham saw the highest totals with the resort calling up to 30cm and the trusty table-o-meter substantiating these claims.
The snow hasn’t stopped either with flakes expected to continue to fall into tonight and temperatures staying below zero as the cold front continues to make its way through the region.
Some of our favourite photos and videos of the snowfall from different resorts follow below.
The below videos paint a pretty picture of Hotham’s accumulation since around midday yesterday on December 1, when temperatures were around -1.8°C.
See the below two videos for a before and after comparison.
Falls Creek received nearly as much snow as Hotham. People were clearing vehicles and even the local wildlife came out in force looking somewhat seasonally confused – see the last video from Falls below.
Over the border and Perisher got slightly less snow than the Victorian resorts but still enough to transform it from grass to looking more like late June or even July.
Check out the two videos below from Charlotte Pass for a nice 24hr before and after.