wave of cold air moves across the southeast, marked by a cold front although
the temperature difference across it was marginal. Another secondary
low develops to the southwest of TAS, its parent low itself a secondary
of the main low well to the south. These surface charts are for 4am,
10am, 4pm and 10pm EST. BoM.
Below: IR satellite hourly
images for the day. A cloudband develops in the uplift ahead of the front,
bringing further snow to the NSW, VIC and TAS highlands. Speckled cloud
denoting wintry cumulus clouds streams in over SA and western VIC to
land. Weatherzone, BoM. (GMS-5
backup with GOES-9 operated by the joint effort of JMA and US
NOAA NESDIS over the Western Pacific)
A second cold front moved across southeastern states today, though the air
behind it was little colder than that before it. The additional uplift, however,
was enough to produce a further cloudband in the cold but moist airmass, bringing
further snow across the VIC and NSW Alps and farther north to the NSW Central
In VIC, sleet, snow and hail fell through the day
from wintry showers, with snow settliing to the 800m level during the afternoon
in the Ballarat/
Daylesford/ Trentham/ Mt Macedon area and overnight into Saturday to the east
of Marysville. Light snowfalls continued in the Alps where the Mt Hotham and
Bogong High Plains Roads remained closed, blocked is some places by stranded
vehicles. The Omeo Highway between Omeo and Mitta Mitta was also closed. Mt
Hotham reported a base of 1.2m late today, while Mt Buffalo and Falls Creek
In NSW, further light snow fell on the Central Tablelands
as the cloudband moved through during the late afternoon and evening. 5 to
fresh snow fell from Oberon south to Taralga, on the Winburndale Ranges around
Yetholme and Sunny Corner, and around Orange, where Mt Canobolas had good snow
cover. Snowy Mountains resorts had another good day. Moderate snow fell continuously
in Thredbo Village, while Perisher reported 15 to 20cm overnight and Kosciuszko
Chalet 15cm 9am to 3pm.
In the ACT, the Brindabellas looked spectacular from Canberra
with a heavy coating of snow down to about 1000m.
In TAS, snow fell down to around 700 or 800m overnight though
accumulations were light. In the northeast, the ski resort on Ben Lomond reported
a 40cm cover following good snow yesterday afternoon and evening.
In SA, hail showers and gusty winds continued to bring wintry
conditions to central and southeastern areas
Flood peaks continued to move down river systems in eastern VIC. The
heaviest rain in the 24 hours to 9am was in the Mt Buffalo area, where Porepunkah
registered 77.2mm. Its 3-day total to 9am Saturday, including the rain that
fell this morning, was 193.8mm.
- Mitchell: peaked at Glenaladale at 3.35m around midnight
this morning with minor flooding, and fell below minor level during the afternoon.
Levels in the Bairnsdale area rose to 40cm above minor flood level during
the afternoon then steadied.
- Dargo: continued to experience minor flooding
- Mitta Mitta: The Mitta Mitta River at Hinnomunjie peaked
at 1.7m, just below minor level, late this afternoon.
- Kiewa: Further rain this morning caused the upper Kiewa
to rise above minor flood level this afternoon, then fall overnight into
Saturday. At Kiewa township, the river peaked at 3.3m, right on minor flood
level, around midnight tonight.
- King: The King River at Cheshunt peaked at 1.8m, just
on minor level, early evening. At Docker Road, the river steadied at 4.0m
this afternoon, just above moderate level.
- Ovens: Bright peaked at 2.9m and Eurobin 4.3m during the
evening, both just below minor level. Rocky Point peaked at 3.6m, 40cm above
minor level, early on Saturday morning due to additional inflows from Lake
Buffalo. The Ovens at Wangaratta exceeded minor level early Saturday morning.
- Buffalo: Outflows from Lake Buffalo peaked at 4.5m, half
a meter over moderate level, late this evening.
- Buckland: peaked at Harris Lane at 1.7m early in the evening,
just below minor level.
- Seven Creeks and Castle Creek: both creeks rose slowly
during the afternoon, with Seven Creeks peaking at Strathbogie at 1.9m, 20cm
above minor level, around 8pm and Castle Creek peaking on the minor level
of 1.2m at Telfords Bridge around 9pm. Seven Creeks peaked at Euroa 30cm
above minor level at 2.8m around midnight tonight.
- Goulburn upstream of Lake Eildon: flooding just above
minor levels continues. Doherty's peaked at 2.16m around 9pm, 16cm above
minor flood level.
- Acheron: minor flooding gradually easing.
In Tasmania, flooding in northern rivers moved into the lower reaches and
- Meander: Strathbridge peaked at 6.2m during the afternoon
with minor flooding.
- North Esk: All gauges peaked around midnight this morning
and fell below minor level during the day.
- South Esk: River levels fell below minor levels
in the upper reaches but rose sharply in the
middle reaches during the evening.
In the lower reaches, river levels remain high around Perth and Longford
with extensive flooding of rural land about the Longford-Hadspen area.
Mathinna peaked at 2.8 m about midnight this morning,
Perth at 3.8m about 6 am,
Fingal at 4.1m about midday and
Longford at about 2.5m late afternoon.
- Macquarie: Minor flooding continues about the lower reaches
of the Macquarie particularly
in the Westmoor Bridge to Cressy area. Westmoor Bridge peaked at 4.0m about
midnight this morning and
Cressy at 4.35m about 6am.