9PM Tuesday, January 29th 2019 – Queensland radar and short term overnight forecast update. Above image QLD State Radar via Weatherzone
Rain areas are continuing to impact the Central Coast and Northern QLD Coast. This includes the region of Mackay through to around Paluma / Cardwell but more specifically the Proserpine, Bowen, Whitsundays, Eungella Ranges and Ayr regions. These rain areas are continuing to converge and move in from the North East over the region in a fairly broad line. We expect this to continue overnight with a further 100-200mm being possible over these areas on top of what has already fallen. So far since 9am (the past 11-12 hours) we have seen falls of 171mm at Sandy Plateau (giving them a 1.5 day total of over 550mm), another 114mm for Stafford Crossing on top of their 302mm yesterday. 157mm at Peter Faust Dam, 144mm at Roma Peak inland from Bowen and more widespread falls of 50-120mm across the region including Airlie Beach, the Eungella Ranges and Bowen.
Across Central Inland QLD, but also parts of Northern Inland, North West and even Southern Inland QLD we are seeing scattered rain areas. These are very hit and miss, but those who have been lucky enough to be under them have received some reasonable falls. This includes nearly 20mm at Winton so far. The rainfall has “just” missing Longreach, but local areas just West of town would’ve benefited greatly so far. Cloncurry has seen 15mm so far, and falls of 50mm+ have occurred under earlier storms North of Cloncurry. We expect some of these totals to increase gradually during the night.