Regions just 90 minutes from Sydney received extremely rare snow over the weekend, as an intense cold front released from the Antarctic pushed north past Tasmania.
Blackheath resident Erica Mann was ecstatic to find fresh white powder falling in her garden, saying it was the most snow she had ever seen there:
“I opened the curtains and I could see a huge amount of snow on top of the water tank — it was so exciting,” she said. “It’s amazing. I went up the street … and all the houses are completely covered in snow.”
Residents in the Riverina also received a dumping of snow, with some towns recording their first falls in decades. Cootamundra local Steve Theobald said the last time he remembered snow there was 1985 (solar minimum of cycle 21), while residents in Tumut –just 300 metres above sea level– said it was their first fall since 2000.
Other towns in southern NSW which recorded rare snow include Adelong, Harden and Batlow.
The powder continued falling through Sunday and finally began abating on Monday.
Highways were closed over the weekend across NSW and Victoria, with the Transport Management Centre advising motorists to avoid most roads in affected areas in light of potential “further intermittent closures”.
At Falls Creek, the snow fell so heavily many cars were completely buried. And at the Thredbo Alpine Resort, where wind speeds reached 120km/h on Friday, they received record snow for the season, with 15cm (6 inches) falling overnight, adding to the staggering 100cm (3.3 feet) from the day before.
Tragically, one man lost his life at Thredbo over the weekend.
But some good news quickly followed, a father and daughter missing in deep snow were FOUND alive and well:
Also worth noting, GWS and Hawthorn became the first AFL clubs to play a game in the snow:
The cold times are returning, in line with historically low solar activity.
Snowpacks are beginning to build again.
Even NASA agrees, in part at least, with their Solar Cycle 25 forecast revealing this coming cycle will be “the weakest of the past 200 years”:
Now is the time to prepare.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift