[wp_ad_camp_2] Issued August 2nd 2017, checked and upgraded on August 4th. The biggest snow falls of the season are forecast to hit the Australian Alps this week! A massive 60 to 100cm of snow is forecast right across the Alpine region in just 4 days from Friday until Monday. This could mean a 50 to 100% increase on the base snow depth which has fallen so far all season. Above image via Windy.
On Thursday a low pressure system will move across Victoria producing widespread rain and isolated storms across Southern NSW and Northern Victoria. This rain will fall as snow on the Alps above 1400m with the chance of thunder snow (storms producing snow). 10 to 20cm is expected to fall overnight into Friday morning. 9am August 4th snow report: 10 to 16cm has fallen across the Alps Thursday night.
Snow showers are expected to continue during Friday with an additional 10 to 15cm.
During Saturday the first strong cold front moves through increasing the snow falls with another solid 10 to 20cm forecast.
The Sunday cold front is set to be a real snow dumper with much colder air and higher moisture levels! Blizzard conditions are likely to develop across the Alpine region due to heavy snow falls and winds gusting from 90 to 110 km/hr. A whopping 25 to 50cm is forecast in 24hrs and we could see thunder snow.
Maximum temperatures of -3C are forecast on the peaks during the weekend with a potential wind chill factor of -15c!
Snow falls will continue on Monday though totals will ease back to 5 to 10cm.
While it has been a slow start to the season with 97cm of base snow on the ground, this weeks forecast snow falls are likely to catch up to or surpass last years levels at this time. Below image: current base snow depth vrs 2016.