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***UPDATED Friday 17th July 2015***
People across southern QLD and northern NSW are waking up to RARE SNOW and their coldest morning in 30 years! If that’s not enough an east coast low is expected to bring heavy rain and damaging winds to Sydney, the Illawarra and Hunter this morning!
East coast low hitting Sydney Friday morning
Basically, a low pressure system that delivered rain and winds to central parts of NSW has moved offshore and formed into an east coast low off the NSW Illawarra coast. As a result, parts from the NSW coast from the South Coast to the Hunter can expect a brief period of severe weather on Friday.
Damaging winds and heavy rain are likely for coastal parts of the South Coast and Sydney during the Friday morning commute, reaching the Hunter around midday. Winds could be strong enough to bring down trees and powerlines and flash flooding is also a risk with over 50mm of rain possible. We all know how bad the work commute and traffic can be in these conditions so take extra care tomorrow. The low will also bring dangerous surf and powerful waves so it’s best to stay away from the ocean. The severe weather will ease in the afternoon as the low moves away.
Rare snow in northern NSW and southern QLD
Up above the east coast low, we also have a very cold pool of Antarctic air but rather than moving offshore with the low, this cold air has made it’s way up to northern NSW and southern QLD! So not only is it bringing some of the coldest temperatures in 30 years to parts of the northern inland, but also snow down to as low as 500m- an extremely rare event!
Yep, this morning it’s snowing as far north as Stanthorpe in Queensland and Glen Innes and Armidale in northern NSW- this is very rare! It’s also snowing in the Blue Mountains and Central Tablelands towns such as Orange, Blackheath and Oberon.
Coldest temperatures in 30 years!
Most parts of NSW will be cold and miserable on Friday, but the northern inland will experience the biggest chill, because of that upper cold pool of air. Maximum temperatures will be as much as 10 degrees below the July average which is pretty significant considering we’re in the middle of winter. Most places will stay in the single digits all day with the northern peaks likely to shiver below 5 degrees all day!
Here are some of Friday’s icy forecast temperatures:
Armidale 4˚C, average 10˚C
Glen Innes 3˚C, average 13˚C
Stanthorpe 6˚C, average 15˚C