Sydney cold snap on the way

Sydney cold snap on the way and good snow for ski-fields

The predicted winter storm has hit Perisher with strong winds and 15cm of snow over the past 24 hours across our four ...

Sydney's run of well-above average temperatures is about to come to a chilly halt that will please few save those headed for the snowfields.

Every day this month has been warmer than the June average, with both day- and night-time temperatures about 3 degrees above normal.
The powerful cold front that is raising flood risks to parts of South Australia and northern Tasmania will arrive in Sydney by Friday, bringing dry westerly winds of 30-45km/h to boost the wind-chill factor.
The predicted winter storm has hit Perisher with strong winds and 15cm of snow over the past 24 hours across our four ...
The predicted winter storm has hit Perisher with strong winds and 15cm of snow over the past 24 hours across our four resort areas of Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega. There is a lot of snow predicted through until the end of the week with some forecasting 80cm or more in total. 22 June 2016. Photo supplied by Perisher Ski Resort Photo: Perisher Ski Resort
Both Thursday and Friday are expected to have tops of 18 degrees, narrowly above the June average of 17 degrees.
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Saturday and Sunday can expect maximums of 16 degrees on dry days.
Monday is likely to be the coldest of the coming spells with a forecast of 15 degrees with late showers, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
The predicted winter storm has hit Perisher with strong winds and 15cm of snow over the past 24 hours across our four ...

The predicted winter storm has hit Perisher with strong winds and 15cm of snow over the past 24 hours across our four resort areas of Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega. There is a lot of snow predicted through until the end of the week with some forecasting 80cm or more in total. 22 June 2016. Photo supplied by Perisher Ski Resort Photo: Perisher Ski Resort

The relatively mild overnight temperatures for the city will also end abruptly, with the mercury tipped to dive to as low as 7 degrees on Sunday.
Richmond may hover just above freezing with a minimum of 1 degree, while Campbelltown will dip to 2 degrees.
The cold front, though, is right on cue, for NSW school holidaymakers headed to the ski slopes.
"This front has all the right ingredients to make fine flurries, with a substantial pool of very cold air which originated in Antarctica as well as enough moisture to turn the rain into snow," Kim Westcott, a meteorologist with Weatherzone, said in a report.

While the main resorts have had about 15 centimetres of snow in the past day or so, the snow base will deepen in the next few days with about 20-40 centimetres expected at resort-level during Friday, Ms Westcott said.
"It won't be only the resorts that see the snow, with parts of the southern and central ranges also likely to become snow-capped, potentially extending as far as north as the Guyra area [on the Northern Tablelands]," she said.
Along with the snow showers, the front will bring very strong winds that will worsen driving conditions, making the journey to the snowfields "extremely difficult" until the weather eases by mid-morning Sunday, Ms Westcott said.

A second, weaker front should move through NSW during Monday, bringing more wind, rain and snow, she said.
Sydney has been in a pocket of relative warmth for the past week, according to the bureau's chart of maximum temperature anomalies (see map below).

Some of the warmth should return by Wednesday onwards at least during the days. Overnight temperatures are likely to dip well into the single digits each night until at least the middle of next week, the bureau said.

 

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/sydney-cold-snap-on-the-way-and-good-snow-for-skifields-20160622-gppr8b.html
Date: June 23, 2016

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