The Australian Winter Snow Storm Ahead

Australia is about to be hit with three cold fronts that could see snow that stays on the ground and the kickstart to the upcoming ski season. Mark these forecasting sites and uses them for the season.

Weatherzone is reporting three distinct cold fronts.

The first and weakest front will cross Tasmania today, bringing showers and a temperature drop of about two-to-three degrees. The northern edge of this front will also clip Victoria and South Australia, causing a few showers.

Front number two will cross Australia’s southwest tonight before gaining strength over the Bight on Friday and Saturday morning. This system will cross the southeast from late Saturday and on Sunday, producing a burst of blustery winds, showers and snow. This front could bring the coldest weather since last winter to some areas.

Sunday is forecast to be the coldest day since last August or September in Victoria’s Warrnambool (12C) and Hamilton (11C) and South Australia’s Coonawarra (13C) and Naracoorte (13C). Canberra’s forecast top of 11 degrees on Monday would also be its coldest day in nine months.

The third and potentially strongest front of the series will move over Australia’s southeast on Tuesday and should bring showers, strong to gale force winds and more snow.”

Mountainwatch is calling over 30cms of snow seven days out (though that could change) and the site’s Grasshopper snow forecaster says on his latest report:

“We can look forward to a pair of spritely lows passing to the south of Tasmania. They will throw a couple of cold fronts our way. The first one, on Sunday, should deliver 5-10cm of snow. The second front, next Tuesday night is on track for 10-20cm… All in all, I’d expect between 15-35cm of snow on the upper slopes during this period and temperatures cold enough for the snow guns to work their magic.” seven day forecast says over 30cms for Mt Buller. Things could change though.


Pete ‘The Frog’ Taylor from has broken down in simpler terms that we can all understand.


The Bureau of Meteorology

BOM are also predicting snow. The Snowy Mountains forecast calls snow levels between 1400 and 1800 metres which is good for all New South Wales resorts.

In Victoria’s alpine regions temperatures will dip to as low as minus five degrees Celsius.


Victorian forecaster, Jane Bunn, will also start her regular snow forecasts from May 29. Bookmark her site now.

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of 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, a former columnist for Mountainwatch and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.

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