Chance of first snow

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In a rare event in Western Australia, the Stirling Range could record its first dusting of snow on Thursday.

A maximum of just 11 degrees Celsius on Bluff Knoll is forecast for Thursday with the minimum dropping to a cold -3 degrees overnight creating promising conditions for snow.

The Stirling Range, with Bluff Knoll its highest peak at 1099m, is the most likely place to receive snowfall in all of WA.

The Bureau of Meteorology Albany’s Jenny Feast said that a there was a 20 per cent chance of snow Thursday.

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“It will be coldest on Thursday and it will be in behind the front and it generally if we are looking at small hail that’s when we will see it,” She said.

“It is only a chance at this stage and most likely in the afternoon.

“Typically we would see snow once or twice a year and it really depends whether that falls in daylight hours.

“We rely on people reporting it to us and visual proof.”

Snow fell on Bluff Knoll six times in 2017 - believed to be a record.

People are urged to be prepared for the cold conditions should they go up to Bluff Knoll on Thursday


Snow atop Bluff Knoll Friday morning. PIC ANDREW HALSALL.
Camera IconSnow atop Bluff Knoll Friday morning. PIC ANDREW HALSALL. Credit: Andrew Halsall

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