SYDNEY—Antarctic air reaching Australia’s south east triggered snowfall down to low altitudes across several states on Saturday, with many people out enjoying the rare event despite wild winds and heavy snow that closed some roads.
Pictures of snowy towns and landscapes across New South Wales (NSW), Victoria, the Australia Capital Territory and the island state of Tasmania flooded social media as locals rushed to capture the surprise early spring snowfall.
“We’ve seen light #snow make it to #Canberra today, and yes even heard a few rogue flakes landed on Parliament House,” in the nation’s capital, the Bureau of Meteorology said in a Twitter post.
We’ve seen light #snow make it to #Canberra today, and yes even heard a few rogue flakes landed on Parliament House. The capital has managed to crawl to 7.5, but with wind chill never felt warmer than zero https://t.co/so4UUlYivQ
If that stays as max it’ll be coldest since 2016 pic.twitter.com/EThnDsRpTQ
— Bureau of Meteorology Australian Capital Territory (@BOM_ACT) August 22, 2020
Over one meter (3.3 feet) of snow had fallen in a number of alpine regions, and the cold weather would likely remain for several days, the bureau said.
“It’s awesome,” Raj Kumar told the Seven Network. Kumar had travelled from Sydney with his family to see the snow in the town of Oberon in NSW’s Blue Mountains, an area that was under threat from widespread bushfires last year.
“I think it’s better than Perisher Valley,” referring to a popular snow resort about a four-hour drive south of Oberon.
By Paulina Duran and James Redmayne