What’s the deal with next week’s snow storm?

Some bolshy forecasters are predicting Up to 50 centimeters of snow in the aussie alps and possible snow in Canberra by mid next week.

Hang on to your snow helmets people, forecasters are in a flap over a heavy hitting snow storm due to hit south east Australia next week. Current tracking has some folks talking of half a metre of snow and even has storm chasing website, Higgins Storm Chasing, in a lather.

I’m forever an optimist so I’ll go with the higher snow forecast every time. I know this makes me a synoptic tart, attaching myself to those that promise the most shiny covetable forecast and can leave me disappointed when all that talk and cold front fizzes out.

But according to Higgins:

“Half a meter of snow in 2 days is forecast by the world leading ECMWF model across the Australian Alps with snow down to 500m in Victoria, NSW and ACT. These very low snow levels would also include Canberra for possible snow falls! The Central and Southern Tablelands also have snow forecast with up to 15cm possible”

Thoughts are the storm will begin early on Tuesday next week and if things go ‘in our favour’ then we could be skiing powder on the Queen’s birthday long weekend opening of the ski season. If they don’t, well, then, rain at worst and 10cms of snow at best (hey I’ll take that!).

The Bureau of Meteorology are playing the cold fronts down, or rather they’re just not talking them up.

BOM forecasting on June 1 for next week in Victorian alps.

Weatherzone are far more conservative in their forecast for mid week next week with up to 20cms forecast according to their model.

Satellite images certainly show promise but anything can happen between now and the official June long weekend opening weekend (Mt Baw Baw opens today and Perisher on Saturday this weekend).

Weatherzone synoptic chart for Monday next week.

Keep snow dancing people, with a mix of both man made snow and natural top ups between now and June 10 we can be guaranteed social media will be filled with snow pics.

Perisher on May 30 this year!

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, 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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