Forecast issued 10/5/18. The Central Tablelands and Blue Mountains of NSW are expected to see their first lot of snow for the season over the next 24-36 hours! Above image showing forecast snowfall via Windy

 

 

Very cold air is expected to finally make its way up into Central NSW during this afternoon and tonight, combining with enough moisture for reasonable snowfall to occur over the Central Tablelands and Blue Mountains. Ideally you want temperatures at or below 0ºc at around 1000m ASL and at least good low level moisture for snowfall to occur. This combination looks like to occur from about Thursday evening (after dark) until Friday afternoon (before dark) with the coldest air moving over the region during Friday morning. This will give about a 24hr window of opportunity for snow to fall, and models are expecting snow flurries down to around 700m or 800m during this time.

 

850mb temperatures (just above the surface) at their coldest during Friday morning via BSCH

850mb temperatures (just above the surface) at their coldest during Friday morning via BSCH

 

 

The best falls are expected to be around Oberon due to elevation and positioning with around 10-15cm expected. However anything from a dusting up to a couple of cm even 5-7cm is expected through the towns of Crookwell, Neville, Blayney, Rockley and Orange. So you don’t have to travel too far (even if youre in Bathurst) to see some snow. 

Strong winds of 40-60km/h are expected to make the very cold temperatures feel even colder. Maximums across Friday are expected to be bone chilling across the region with Oberon looking at a max of 5ºc, Orange 6ºc, Lithgow 7ºc, Marrangaroo & Bathurst 8ºc. You can take off about 5-8ºc for wind chill from those temperatures, so it may feel colder than 0ºc all day at Oberon and Orange. 

 

Friday maximum temperatures via BSCH / OCF - Take off about 5ºc+ for wind chill

Friday maximum temperatures via BSCH / OCF – Take off about 5ºc+ for wind chill