Monday 11 August 2008

Extraordinary, dry snow, upside of the big chill!

A classic late winter pattern- aseries of cold fronts crossing south eastern Australia – has sent the snow fraternity into raptures.

About 20cm of freshies is now blanketing Falls Creek Alpine Resort and it's has been snowing all day taking the resort's snowdepth to well over 1.5metres (in the resort's Village Bowl).

The mercury dipped to minus 5C (the lowest overnight temperature this month) and it was still well under zero at midday with a 'feel like' temperature of minus 12.1C..

Snow to low levels was predicted and it happened. Feedback from the local alpine resort community reinforced the BOM's forecast of an extreme burst of cold weather.
"This is probably the first time we've put out a severe weather warning for this sort of thing,"said Weather bureau senior forecaster Scott Williams.

Very cold air behind the second cold front dropped the snow level to around 600m today almost 25km below Falls Creek. This has an upside,high quality powder in tandem with temperatures down around minus 5C.

Francis Jackson Falls Creek's Snowsport School Director said: "This is the longest period of consistently dry, soft snow I've seen. We've had a month of perfect snow quality normally found overseas.
"The skiing and boarding is unreal! If there was ever a time to come and experience how much fun it is - its now!'

Falls Creek Alpine Resort has exceeded its 20 year average snowfall and the forecast is for snow (and cool sub zero overnight temperatures) for the remainder of this week.

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Call Falls Creek Reservations Centre 1800 45 35 25

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