SNOW FIELDS: Snow over the fields near Tenterfield.
SNOW FIELDS: Snow over the fields near Tenterfield. Contributed

Our rare winter wonderland is melting away

THOSE who missed out on Friday's winter wonder on the Northern Tablelands may be fresh out of luck.

The Bureau of Meteorology said it was unlikely any more snow would fall in the next few days.

Instead, budding snow-bunnies will have to make do with the 4-6cm that's already fallen.

Given that temperatures are expected to reach a sunny 14 degrees today at Tenterfield, it's unlikely the snow will be around for long.

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BOM forecaster Sarah Chadwick said 6cm of snowfall was recorded at Guyra and 4cm at Woolbrook, however there were no figures for Tenterfield or Glen Innes.

BLANKET OF SNOW: Diana Giles’ photo of Tenterfield.
BLANKET OF SNOW: Diana Giles’ photo of Tenterfield.

"I think it's unlikely at this stage that there will be any snow [on the Northern Tablelands] in the next few days," she said.

"A high-pressure system is moving across the state, so all of the shower activity will be confined to the coast for the next several days until about Tuesday.

"After that there's a chance of a shower or two on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday but we're not expecting any cold air associated with that, so it's not likely to fall as snow."

Ms Chadwick said the BOM generally didn't forecast more than a week in advance so it wasn't possible to say whether or not there would be any more snowfall this winter.

While the snow may have been picturesque, it caused havoc for motorists.

Mount McKenzie Lookout Road was closed due to slippery and unsafe conditions brought on by the snow.

Tenterfield Shire Council sent out an alert yesterday advising motorists to reduce speed, obey signage and proceed with extreme caution when driving.

Tenterfield is expected to reach a maximum temperature of 14 degrees today with a minimum of -3 and frost.

Similar conditions are expected for Sunday with a maximum of 14 and minimum of -1.



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