Snow fall – evening August 22, 2008
Why does it seem to only snow at night? It’s a great experience to drive in a snow storm, but it would be great to see more than just what the headlights expose.
The weather chart pundits were predicting a big dump of snow for the Northern Tablelands on Friday evening, August 22, but the BOM stuck to “showers”. It looked like the cold air/southerly system might fizzle out, but late in the day there was ice in the rain and even a very brief burst of small hail. Around 10.00pm, along with a rather fierce wind, came some snow and sleet for about half an hour. Then the clouds cleared away to a starry sky.
Of course it was midnight when it really started to snow! One does not have to be silly to extract oneself from a warm, cosy bed in the middle of the night but it was worth it.
The snow fall was very heavy, settled to about 3cm and lasted for at least 3 hours (you guessed it – that’s when I went back home to bed).
Observing some cars driving around this morning (Saturday, August 23) there must have been heavier falls west of Guyra because that car was completed covered in snow and there have been a number of others with snow still on them. The snow in town has now completely melted with only patches in shade still remaining (9.30am).