Australia Winter arrives early in Canberra, snow falls at ski fields

05:57  16 april  2018
05:57  16 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Winter arrived early in Canberra at the weekend, with temperatures dropping sharply and winds of almost 100km/h buffeting the capital. The ski fields also got a healthy dusting of snow , with 10cm falling at Perisher as the temperature dropped to minus 2 degrees

Perisher has a wide range of ski and snowboard hire options. Snow holidays offer best rates for your Perisher accommodation. Canberra , from top left to bottom right–the city viewed from Mount Ainslie, the Land Axis featuring Old Parliament House and New Parliament House, the Australian War

Snow is shovelled at Thredbo after a 5cm fall at the weekend.© Thredbo Snow is shovelled at Thredbo after a 5cm fall at the weekend. Winter arrived early in Canberra at the weekend, with temperatures dropping sharply and winds of almost 100km/h buffeting the capital.

The ski fields also got a healthy dusting of snow, with 10cm falling at Perisher overnight on Saturday as the temperature dropped to minus 1, while 5cm of snow coated the ground at Thredbo.

Thredbo communications manager Susie Diver said the weekend's snow was a great way to start the school holidays.

"We've had a real run of sunny days lately, so to get that snowy change was awesome," she said.

"The snow clouds rolled in mid-afternoon on Saturday and we woke up to snow-capped peaks. It was a real treat for the school holidaymakers and it certainly got people in the village excited.

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Perisher has a wide range of ski and snowboard hire options. Snow holidays offer best rates for your Perisher accommodation. Canberra , from top left to bottom right–the city viewed from Mount Ainslie, the Land Axis featuring Old Parliament House and New Parliament House, the Australian War

Share: Snow thrills holidaymakers at the ski fields , while Canberra shivers through a weekend cold snap.

Thredbo saw 5cm of fresh snow fall at the weekend.© Thredbo Thredbo saw 5cm of fresh snow fall at the weekend. Meanwhile, after a mid-week heatwave where the temperature topped 30 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday, the mercury dropped sharply in the ACT at the weekend.

A high of just 15.4 degrees was recorded on Sunday, following on from a Saturday top of 20.2 degrees. It was the first time in April that the mercury didn't top 24 degrees in the ACT.

Gusts of 93km/h were recorded at Canberra Airport on Friday evening, with winds between 60km/h and 80km/h persisting through much of the weekend.

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Perisher has a wide range of ski and snowboard hire options. Snow holidays offer best rates for your Perisher accommodation. Canberra , from top left to bottom right–the city viewed from Mount Ainslie, the Land Axis featuring Old Parliament House and New Parliament House, the Australian War

Winter has officially arrived in Australia, and the weather is cooling down, and fast. So fast, in fact, that snow is falling at several of Australia’s ski fields , two weeks before the ski season officially begins.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Emily McVeigh said the cold snap was the result of a significant cold front coming through from the south.

"What it did was push out that warmer air mass that we'd been seeing so far in April, and bring some cold air and strong winds from the south," Ms McVeigh said.

"There was snow down to 1600 metres, so the Brindabellas may also have had a bit of a dusting."

A severe weather warning for the ACT was cancelled at 4.40am on Monday, after a busy weekend for the emergency services.

ACT Fire and Rescue and the ACT State Emergency Service responded to 21 requests for help on Friday night as damaging winds brought down trees and damaged houses.

A Thredbo visitor gets ready to ride the chairlift after 5cm of fresh snow fell at the weekend.© Thredbo A Thredbo visitor gets ready to ride the chairlift after 5cm of fresh snow fell at the weekend. Ms McVeigh said the forecast showed a warmer few days on the way for Canberra.

Monday was expected to be mostly cloudy and 19 degrees, with sunnier days and temperatures in the mid- to low-20s predicted for the rest of the week.

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