Details of Guyra Snowfalls from 2006
Above: Bradley Street on 12 October 2012 during an unusually heavy spring snowstorm. Image by Australian severeweather.com
This is a brief summary of every Guyra
snowfall from 2006. Details of the unusually heavy snowfalls in July 1984 have
also been included.
The number in brackets after the date gives the approximate depth of snow on the ground in centimetres. Zero means snow did not settle. This indication of snow depth applies to open ground and not drifts of snow against fences, walls or other objects.
Definitions of terms used:
Snow - snowflakes in the form of ice crystals, most of which are branched, sometimes star shaped.
Sleet - rain and snowflakes falling together.
Sago snow - small transparent ice pellets less than 5 mm in diameter, similar to soft hail. Often incorrectly referred to as sleet.
Soft hail or snow pellets - white opaque round or conical pellets of ice, 2 to 5 mm in diameter. Often incorrectly referred to as sleet.
Wind chill temperature - an estimate of how cold exposed skin feels in cold, windy conditions.
3rd-4th July 1984 (20-30)
Without a doubt the spectacular snowfalls in the New England region on Tuesday the 3rd & Wednesday 4th July 1984 were the heaviest and most prolonged for many years. Some older residents claimed they were the best for at least 50 years.
An intense cold front pushed up from the south-west passing through the region at around 9am on Tuesday 3rd July bringing in its wake very cold air and sub-zero temperatures. Guyra's maximum temperature on Tuesday was -0.3C, and the maximum on the 4th was 0.5C. These were record low maximums. The minimums were -3.0C and -6.0C respectively. The snow started at around 8am on Tuesday and continued without stopping until the following evening with the temperature remaining below zero for this whole time allowing snow to settle and quickly build up to a depth of several centimetres, particularly overnight on Tuesday. The snow was deep on the ground on Wednesday morning (exact depth unknown). The New England Highway was blocked south at the Devil's Pinch and several other locations north between Guyra and Glen Innes. The railway line was also blocked north of Dumaresq. The outbreak was so intense that snowfalls extended over the border into south-east Queensland with snow falling in Toowoomba for the first time in 25 years.
Because of the depth of snow, council graders were used to clear some of Guyra’s streets to allow movement of snowbound traffic around the town.
4th August 2006 (1)
Snow fell with large flakes around 3cm in size from 5.15 to 5.45pm and settled briefly on the ground to give a light cover, but melted about two hours later.
7th September 2006 (0)
6am to 10.30am - Intermittent light snow fell, but did not settle on the ground.
16th November 2006 (1)
A severe cold front passed through northern New South Wales producing light and moderate snowfalls from early in the morning until 1pm, but only settled to give a patchy cover on the ground. Two further moderate snow showers at 1pm and 2pm settled briefly before melting soon after.
The maximum temperature for the day was just 8.2C which was the lowest for November for 20 years. The minimum of -1.6C was a new record low for November (previous lowest -1.1C on 12th & 13th November 1965), but this was broken the following morning, the 17th, with a minimum of -2.6C and a moderate frost caused by the very cold air following the front.
8th-9th June 2007 (5)
On the 8th showers of sago snow (soft hail) fell in the late afternoon and evening. Heavier snow fell between midnight and 4am on the 9th. Snow lay on the ground up to 5 cms deep in places until mid morning when it melted off. Maximum temperature on the 8th was 5.0C, and minimum on the 9th was -1.0C.
19th-20th June 2007 (2)
Snow fell overnight and in the early hours of the morning (11.30pm to 1am approx) settling on the ground to a depth of 2 cms with a light cover remaining on the ground at 9am. It was Guyra’s coldest day for 9 years with a minimum temperature of -5.0C and a maximum of only 2.6C.
27th-28th June 2007 (3)
Snow started falling in the evening of the 27th with moderate falls through the early hours of the 28th. In the morning snow was 3 cms deep on the ground aided by a brief heavy fall at 9am with lighter intermittent falls throughout the day until sunset. Snow remained on the ground until around mid afternoon. It was extremely cold with the wind chill temperature at 3pm being around -9C. The maximum temperature to 3pm was just 1.8C, although the official top for the day was 3.8C as measured at 9am on the 29th.
8th-10th July 2007 (8)
8th - Snow showers fell throughout the day from 8.30am with the heaviest falls around 3pm, and 6 to 7pm after which snow lay on the ground about 8 cms deep. Maximum temperature was 4.1C.
9th - Snow fell briefly from 8.30 to 9am settling about 1 cm on the ground.
10th - Light intermittent snow fell throughout the day but did not settle.
17th-18th May 2008 (7)
A strong cold front brought early season snowfalls with moderate snow falling from around 9.30pm to 11pm in the evening of the 17th. There were lighter falls at around 9am on the 18th. Snow was 7 cms deep on the ground at 9am, but had mostly melted by 12noon. Maximum temperature on the 18th was 5.9C, the coldest May maximum for eight years. Strong westerly winds during the day kept wind chill temperatures around -5C to -10C.
9th July 2008 (8)
A strong cold front and upper level cold pool passed through the region bringing light snow showers in the morning, and heavier snow showers in the afternoon from around 2.30 to 6pm. By late afternoon snow was 8 cms deep on the ground where it remained until late the following morning when it melted. Maximum temperature on the 9th was just 1.8C which was the lowest for any month since August 1996. Snowfalls on 9th July 2008 were widespread on the Northern Tablelands with falls from Hanging Rock in the south to Tenterfield in the north.
27th-28th July 2008 (3)
A pool of cold air from the south swept over the Northern Tablelands in the afternoon of the 27th July. Showers of snow and sago (soft hail) commenced at 3pm and lasted until around 9pm settling on the ground to a depth of about 3 cms. There were more snow showers, mostly sago, around the middle of the following day, the 28th. The maximum temperature on the 28th was 4.2C. In this event snowfalls extended north over the border into southern Queensland where the Stanthorpe area had light settling falls.
5th-6th August 2008 (1)
A cold change brought a brief blast of cold air in the late evening of 5th August with light snow falling overnight and early in the morning of the 6th. At 9am on the 6th there was a light patchy cover of snow on the ground which melted soon after.
A further cold change in the evening of 7th August brought very light snow to the Ben Lomond area, but no snow was observed in Guyra.
23rd August 2008 (2)
A cold front passed through the region in the evening of the 22nd August with strong winds and low temperatures. It snowed in the early hours of the morning starting at or just after midnight, and settled on the ground to a depth of about 2 cms. The snow was still on the ground at 7am but melted quickly under early morning sunshine. This system also delivered settling snow to Walcha and further south at Hanging Rock.
22nd October 2008 (0)
A severe cold front passed through in the afternoon plunging the temperature from 12C at 3pm to around 3C at 4pm. Snow fell from 4.00 to 4.25pm in large wet flakes which did not settle on the ground. There were further light snowfalls in the evening.
10th June 2009 (0)
A severe cold front passing through the north of the state produced a light snow shower at 8.45am which lasted about 15 minutes. Later at around 10am there were light snowflakes mixed with rain (sleet) for a brief period. The maximum temperature for the day was 5.7C with a 3pm wind chill temperature of -10C as a result of strong 46 km per hour westerly winds.
15th July 2009 (7)
As very cold air moved over the Northern Tablelands snow showers developed in the afternoon and evening. The heaviest fall was from 7 to 7.30m with large flakes settling on the ground to a depth of around 5 to 7 cms. Snow remained on the ground until soon after dawn the following morning when it melted rapidly. Cold showery weather on the 16th kept the temperature down to a maximum of 4.7C with a 3pm wind chill temperature of -9C. There was no snow on the 16th apart from a little sleet.
3rd July 2010 (1)
From approximately 7am to 9am there were light snow showers which settled briefly to give a very patchy cover, but melted soon after 9am. Minimum for the day was -0.6, maximum 5.9C.
2nd August 2010 (1)
A fast moving cold change with strong wind gusts passed through the Northern Tablelands in the early hours of the morning bringing snow showers to the Guyra region between 3am and 6am. Snow settled on the ground to a depth of about one centimetre, but melted soon after 9am. Further light snow fell in the evening between 8 and 10pm with snow settling to a depth of around one centimetre. It melted a few hours later. It was a bitterly cold day on the 2nd with an overnight minimum of -1.6C and maximum 5.9C. The 3pm wind chill temperature in a 40 km per hour wind was -9C.
12th August 2010 (0)
Strong westerly winds following a cold front brought showers, sleet and snow during the day. There were several light snow showers up until around 3pm interspersed with rain and sleet showers. The snow did not settle. The maximum temperature was just 3.5C, and the gusty winds made it very unpleasant to be outside. The wind chill temperature throughout the day varied between -10C and -15C. The average wind speed at 3pm was 57 km per hour.
26th August 2010 (0)
A cold front brought very strong winds and rain showers with a few brief snow showers in the early morning. The snow did not settle. The maximum temperature was 6.3C, however with wind speeds exceeding 60 km per hour, the wind chill temperature was around -14C to -16C for most of the day.
16th October 2010 (0)
A severe cold front swept through the region with rain, galeforce winds and snow. Snow fell in showers from 6.30am to 10am, but did not settle on the ground. Strong winds and low temperatures made it very uncomfortable outdoors. The temperature at 3pm of 6.1C combined with a 78 km per hour wind produced a wind chill temperature of -12C. The maximum of 6.8C was the lowest for the month of October on record (36 years of records). The previous lowest was 7.2C on Oct 6th, 1983. Dry air following the front dropped the temperature to -1.7C the following morning with a frost. Total rain from this event was 38.0 mm.
19th July 2011 (1)
An upper level pool of cold air moved over the Northern Tablelands during the morning generating showers of soft hail which partly whitened the ground, and a moderate shower of snow from 2.55 to 3.30pm along with very strong winds. The snow settled briefly on the ground. The maximum temperature was 4.8C, and the wind chill temperature at 3pm was around -11C in the strong south-westerly wind.
9th August 2011 (1)
An upper level pool of cold air over northern New South Wales brought cold icy conditions to the Guyra region. There were one or two very light snowfalls during the early hours of the morning, but only settled on the ground to a minor extent. There were several showers of soft hail during the day up until around lunchtime. Maximum temperature was 6.7C, 3pm wind chill temperature was -5C.
18th August 2011 (0)
A severe cold front brought windy and icy conditions during the day. From around 10am to 1.30pm there were several showers of soft hail, and from 1.30 to 2.30pm there were snow showers interspersed with rain. The hail partially whitened the ground, but the snow did not settle. The maximum temperature was 6.6C, and the wind chill temperature at 3pm was around -8C in the strong westerly wind.
9th-10th September 2011 (2)
A few light showers of soft hail/sago snow occurred during the day of the 9th, along with rain. In the early hours of the 10th there were several snow showers which left a light cover on the ground 1 to 2 cm deep. These snow showers occurred from approximately 1am to 6am, with some very fine snowflakes falling until around 9am. This was the heaviest snowfall in 2011. Maximum temperate on the 9th: 8.1C. Minimum on the 10th: -1.1C. Maximum on the 10th: 6.2C. The wind chill temperature at 3pm on the 10th was -5C. Total rain and melted hail/snow from this event: 22.2 mm. A surface trough and upper level cold pool were responsible for this event.
1st October 2011 (0)
As a trough passed through the tablelands, it brought thunderstorms, showers and low temperatures. There were several showers of small hail, and a light shower of snow at around 6pm which did not settle. The heaviest of the hail showers just after 3pm whitened the ground.
5th June 2012 (0)
An upper level pool of cold air passed over the Northern Tablelands bringing light snowfalls to the higher areas including Guyra, Black Mountain and Ben Lomond. These falls were intermittent and light, and did not settle on the ground apart from a brief shower of sago snow at around 4pm. Maximum temperature was just 3.1C with wind chill temperatures well below zero throughout the day. This was Guyra’s coldest day since 9th July 2008 (1.8C).
28th July 2012 (1)
Light showers of snow fell in Guyra early in the morning. It started around 6am and snowed intermittently until just before 9am. There was a very light cover on the ground at 6.30am. A surface trough and upper level cold air brought the unexpected snow. The maximum temperature for the day was 6.3C with the wind chill keeping the temperature around 1C or less.
1st August 2012 (1)
An upper level pool of cold air over the eastern half of New South Wales contributed to some unexpected snowfalls around Black Mountain and Guyra in the evening. A series of four showers moved across the Northern Tablelands from the south-west between Armidale and Guyra between around 9.30 and 10.30pm. With surface temperatures between 1 and 3 degrees the showers arrived as snow settling on the ground to some extent around Black Mountain and to a lesser extent in Guyra. The sky cleared at around 11pm allowing the temperature to drop well below freezing which resulted in a combination of frost and snow on the ground in Guyra the following morning, 2nd August. Because of ice and snow on the road the New England Highway at the Devil’s Pinch south of Guyra was closed overnight from around 11pm to 9am. This was an unusual event with snow followed by clear skies and severe frost. Also the showers were confined to a very localized area. Guyra’s minimum temperature on 2nd August was -4.6C.
12th October 2012 (17)
A cold snap brought moderate to heavy snowfalls to Guyra and surrounding areas with snow falling from shortly after midnight intermittently through to 9.30am The heaviest falls were between around 4am and 9am. At 9am the snow was 17 cms deep on the ground before it gradually started to melt at around 11am.
Temperatures were very low during the day with a maximum of just 4.0 C. Strong westerly winds made it feel much colder with a 3pm wind chill temperature of -8C. This was Guyra’s coldest October day on record (38 years of records). The previous lowest was 7.2C on 6th October 1983. It was claimed by many residents to be the heaviest Guyra snowfall for at least 20 years. Temperatures were low enough to allow some of the larger ‘snowpersons’ in a number of front yards to survive overnight into the following day.
The snowy conditions were caused by cold surface temperatures following the passage of a trough, enhanced by an upper level cold pool, and moisture being added to the system by a low pressure system off the NSW coast. It also snowed in Tenterfield along with a few light falls in southern Queensland around Stanthorpe.
25th June 2013 (1)
Low temperatures, showers and snow occurred along the Northern Tablelands during the morning. An upper level cold pool combined with showers being pushed northwards from a low pressure system near Sydney produced the very cold conditions. Light snow fell and settled on the ground in the Guyra/Black Mountain/Ben Lomond area, and further east around Ebor. In Guyra the snow started at around 3am, lasting for about two hours and settling on the ground about a centimetre deep. Most of it had melted by 9am. There were a few very light showers of snow mixed with rain (sleet) during the morning. The maximum temperature was 4.1C with the 3pm temp at 2.6C.
3rd-4th May 2014 (0)
Temperatures plunged to mid-winter levels on the 3rd as a severe cold front passed through northern New South Wales bringing showers, strong winds, low temperatures and some light snowfalls to higher parts of the Northern Tablelands. The Guyra/Black Mountain/Ben Lomond areas all received a few light snow and sleet showers.
In Guyra there were a few light snow showers on the evening of the 3rd and early in the morning of the 4th, but barely settled on the ground. Maximum temperature on the 3rd was just 4.6C, but the strong winds caused the wind chill temperature to be around -5C to -10C for most of the day. Minimum on the 4th was -1.1C, maximum on the 4th was 4.1C - coldest May day since 30th May 2000 (3.5C).
30th June 2014 (1)
An upper level cold pool combined with moist surface westerly winds generated snow showers over the higher parts of the Northern Tablelands. In Guyra light snow fell in the early hours with a patchy cover on the ground until around 9am when it melted. There were further brief snow showers between 10am and noon, but did not settle. Conditions were very cold during the day with a maximum of just 3.8C and a 3pm wind chill temperature of -4C in the south-westerly winds. Light snow also fell around Black Mountain and Ben Lomond.
18th July 2014 (3)
As an intense cold front swept through New South Wales in the early hours, snow fell in a wide area of the Northern Tablelands including Niangala, Walcha, Uralla, Armidale, Ebor and Ben Lomond. In Guyra there were early morning snow showers with snow settling about 3 cms deep on the ground at 9am. It had melted by 12 noon. Winds during the day were very cold south-westerlies. The maximum temperature was just 2.5C, but the wind chill temperature remained between -6C and -10C throughout the day in the strong winds. This was Guyra’s coldest day since 9th July 2008 (1.8C max).
3rd September 2014 (1)
A cold front passed through the Northern Tablelands during the afternoon of the 2nd with strong gusty winds and several showers of soft hail (sometimes referred to as sleet or sago snow) during the afternoon and evening. In the early hours of the 3rd there were light snow showers with a patchy cover on the ground at sunrise. It melted soon after 9am. Light snow also fell around Ben Lomond, Black Mountain and Ebor with heavier falls further south around Hanging Rock.
5th June 2015 (0)
A cold snap brought low temperatures and light snow to the Guyra Area. During a light shower of rain at around 12.30pm large snowfakes fell for about 20 minutes but did not settle on the ground. Snow and rain mixed is normally referred to as “sleet.” A trough moving through eastern New South Wales combined with an upper level pool of cold air was responsible for the low temperatures and snow. The maximum temperature for the day was 6.2C.
12th-13th July 2015 (8)
A severe cold front combined with a large upper level cold pool passed through the region early in the morning of the 12th with snowfalls to the Guyra area. Snow settled on the ground in the morning, and there were further snow showers during the day. The maximum temperature of just 2.9C combined with strong westerly winds made it bitterly cold to be outside. However many snow sightseers travelled to the area to witness and play in the snow.
On the 13th further snow fell in the early hours and through the morning. Snow settled on the ground to a depth of around 8 centimetres. It was another icy cold day with a minimum of -3.5C up a maximum of 2.8C.
16th-17th July 2015 (3)
In a second major snow event for the month, an upper level trough and cold pool moved through eastern New South Wales on the 16th bringing very low temperatures and widespread snowfalls to the Central Tablelands, Northern Tablelands and over the border into southern Queensland including Stanthorpe and Cunningham’s Gap. The snow started late in the evening of the 16th and continued through till mid-morning on the 17th.
In Guyra snow was around 3 centimetres deep on the ground in the early morning on Friday, but had mostly melted by the afternoon. The maximum temperature for the day was 3.5C, with wind chill temperatures below -5C in the icy westerly winds.
6th August 2015 (1)
Light snow showers fell over the higher parts of the Northern Tablelands in the early hours of the morning, including Guyra, Black Mountain and Ebor. In Guyra there was a patchy cover of snow on the ground at dawn which had melted by about 9am. The maximum temperature for the day was 6.5C. A cold front which passed through the region overnight brought the cold snowy conditions.
24th June 2016 (1)
A severe cold front passed through the Northern Tablelands in the afternoon with strong winds and showers. Very cold air following the front brought light snow showers to higher parts of the region in the evening. In Guyra there was a light fall of snow around 9pm which remained on the ground well into the following morning. Temperatures on the 25th: minimum -3.0C, maximum 5.0C.
27th June 2016 (5)
Very cold air associated with a low pressure trough and upper level cold air brought snowfalls and low temperatures to the Guyra area. After a few light snow showers during the day, the best falls came in the evening from around 6pm with snow settling on the ground to a depth of around 5 cms.The snow remained on the ground overnight and into the following morning. It was Guyra’s coldest day for 18 years with a maximum temperature of just 2.2C, lowest since 31st July 1998 (2.0C).
5th-6th July 2016 (2)
Cold air following the passage of a cold front on the 5th brought light snow showers to the Guyra area in the late evening and following morning with a very light cover on the ground on the 6th. There were further light snow showers through the day which was also a day of strong winds and low wind chill temperatures. Maximum wind gust was 63 km per hour at 10.43am, measured in South Guyra. The maximum temperature on the 6th was just 3.1C, but the wind chill temperature for most of the day was between -1C and -5C. Light snowfalls also occurred around Ben Lomond and Black Mountain.
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