Image: Central Western Daily – Snowfall in Central Western NSW town, Orange.
Various towns within NSW have experienced their coldest temperatures last seen in over two decades. Local residents have been warned of safety concerns developing from rare and erratic climate patterns.
Sydney City has reached a record breaking temperature of 10.3 degrees, a temperature last seen 37 years ago, making it the metropolitan area’s coldest day since 1984. In addition, NSW’s rural towns have begun to experience unprecedented power from blizzards and winds resulting in the accumulation of half a meter of snow within a 48 hour duration.
Cooma has seen its coldest temperature to date, figures last seen over 17 years ago, with the highest temperature this week reaching between 1.2 and 1.8 degrees. Mudgee also has exceeded its coldest day ever recorded with temperatures reaching 4.4 degrees, last seen 21 years ago in 1992 where the minimum temperature sat just below 5.2 degrees.
Similarly Bega has dropped to 9.4 degrees making it the town’s coldest day in 18 years with Dubbo seeing its minimum temperature at 7.8 degrees making it the town’s lowest daytime temperature ever recorded in 16 years.
Central NSW’s country town Orange has experienced its heaviest snowfall since 2015 with 16 centimeters falling upon the land in only a single day. Thredbo Ski Resort saw 15 to 30 cm of snowfall over a single night with Perisher seeing 80cm, providing the perfect conditions for its annual ski and snowboarding visitors.
Areas including the Blue Mountains, Katoomba, Blackheath and Mount Victoria have experienced their first account of snowfall on the 10th of June, a natural phenomenon elevating frost risks from ‘high risk’ to ‘severe’ as the development of black ice contributes to the creation of dangerous driving conditions.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) Meteorologist Gabrielle Woodhouse says that “as the wind and snowfall combine, we’re going to be more likely to see trees and power lines down.”
“On the roads, it could be quite dangerous with snow and black ice which makes it slippery and dangerous, even in places you may not expect it.”
As for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) temperatures are lingering around 1 degrees this morning and are projected to remain consistent for the following days.
Lead BoM meteorologist Matthew Bass says there is a chance of snow in the Alps surrounding Canberra with snowfall expected to be fall over approximately 800 square kilometres of land. However Mr Bass says there is ‘only a slight risk’ affirming that “nothing is guaranteed” for Australia’s capital.
Drivers all across the state of NSW have been advised to postpone travel plans and local recreational activity as erratic weather patterns are creating extremely dangerous driving conditions that will continue to worsen over the long weekend period.