Polar vortex to hit Australia and bring lots of snow this weekend

You’ve seen the satellite images filling your news feed this week. You know the ones, with big snow predictions. But how much are we really likely to get?

I am not synoptic chart but I can translate what the weather guys are saying and the weather guys are saying snow. Big snow for the New South Wales and Victorian alpine regions, possible snow even in the Blue Mountains, Oberon and out towards Orange and definite snow in Tasmania.

This bodes well for pre ski season hype so expect a flurry (see what we did there) of images from all the major ski fields in Australia to flood (yes, another weather pun) your social pages.

Put simply an intense cold front and low pressure system will mean close to 80 millimeters of rain in Melbourne tomorrow which isn’t great for city workers but is great for Mt Buller and beyond with low temperatures which means, well, snow.

bureau of meteorology
Bureau of Meteorology satellite image for Thursday






This is the time when people go crazy with wild snow predictions and embellished forecast and predictions from amateur meteorologists and professional marketers. Who can blame them?

Snow means business and to folks like you and I, it means skiing and snowboarding so expect some keen snow tragics to be hiking to get their first turns of the season with a month to go until opening day.

But, how much is going to fall? According to the experts this much:


Weatherzone forecast for Charlotte Pass
Weatherzone forecast for Charlotte Pass


Snowatch.com.au forecast

Bureau of Meteorology

BOM forecast for Hotham in Victoria













Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for visuals from the first major snow storm of the pre season. We’re hoping for the maximum amount forecast and then some!

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


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