Later this week, several parts of Queensland are expected to be hit with another cold snap and to record their coldest day so far this year, as the mercury is set to dip to zero in the a Darling Downs and areas situated far in the west.
In a statement, Shane Kennedy, a forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the below average temperatures have been forecast for the better part of the week in Queensland’s southern parts of Townsville all the way to the border.
“Maximum temperatures will be going two to three degrees [Celsius] below average and those minimum temperatures in particular will be cold, a good three to five degrees below average at least.
Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be the chilliest mornings in Queensland.
“The southern Darling Downs will be the coldest part of the state, where temperatures are expected to be close or below zero by mid this week,” he said.
“Chances are rife that some sleet or light snow flurries would be witnessed near the southern Granite Belt as a bit of moisture continues to push in from New South Wales.
“Even though Wednesday and Thursday mornings are expected to be colder, it’s likely to be too dry to see much of a chance of snow.”
Some of the residents living along the border town of Eukey on the outskirts of Stanthorpe noted that their temperature gauges dropped to 2C about 6:00am today.
“It is bitterly cold outside. It’s just cutting very deep, this wind,” one resident remarked.
It’s obvious that several tourists are really disappointed that snow flurries failed to arrive this time round but all in all, they have the chilly days to enjoy together with the locals who truly relish the extremely cold weather.
In South Burnett Kingaroy, the temperatures have already dropped to below freezing point at -0.8C today morning, as it drops to 1C in Blackall in parts of central west.
In the next couple of days, minimum temperatures in most areas are expected to plunge to below 10C, as the mercury in the southern interior is likely to drop to below 5C.
Rays Of Hope For Snow Flurries
Vic Pennisi the Regional Council Mayor of Southern Downs said he was looking to see the new prediction of snow flurries come true.
“It’d be great to see a bit of snow — it’d certainly lift the spirits of people, snow always has that tendency,” he said.
“With snow comes interest in the region … a lot of people come up to witness it all — hopefully the prediction’s right.”
Residents of Stanthorpe are excited that if snow settles on the ground, it would be the first time since 2015.
“Being 900 to 1,000 metres above sea level I think we’ve got to expect something and I think you’d probably find some up the back of Stanthorpe, around Eukey,” he said.
“We in Stanthorpe just take it as expected winter-type weather and if it does snow, it’s a bonus for those who like to visit.”