Deep, Deep Snow In Australia, Two Days Before #AntarcticWednesday
Game of Thrones was right. Winter really is coming.
After the warmest January-April period on record in many Australian localities -- including Melbourne, Canberra and large parts of New South Wales -- and after an unusually warm May so far, a taste of winter is finally here.
We warned you about this last week about "Antarctic Wednesday", when temperatures would really plummet. And that's still very much on the cards. Snow is currently forecast to fall to levels as low as 600 metres above sea level on Wednesday. That's Canberra city level. Yep, a proper cold snap.
But we also said the first of several cold fronts would cross the south-east on Sunday night, and that's exactly what happened overnight. The result?
Some much needed rain and chilly temps in Melbourne, and a big dump of snow in the Aussie high country, which the nice people at Victoria's Falls Creek ski resort helpfully date-stamped via the technical method known as "drawing on the snow with a stick".
Yep, it's a snowy one in our mountains this Monday morning, and plenty more is forecast to fall this week, which should put a great base in place for the official season opening on June 8.
Did you go to the Aldi sale or one of the other snow gear sales a week ago? Well now you've actually got an excuse to wear the gear!
READ MORE: Our Story On The Snow Gear Wars
When 10 daily saw the photo below, we thought maybe these two people just met and fell in love instantly when they saw the overnight fall of 25 cm of fluffy Aussie pow at Mt Hotham in Victoria.
Hotham resort in fact told 10 daily that this is local power couple "Ted and Katey", who were already an item. Okay then.
It's snowing in New South Wales ski resorts, too. Victoria often starts off with more snow as the cold fronts hit there first, but NSW often ends up with more in the end, as its resorts are higher.
It's also snowing in Tassie.
Meanwhile in Sydney, it's cool and breezy as the front passes through but should stay dry. Australia's most populous city tends to get almost no rain from these cold weather systems passing from west to east, as the mountains act as a barrier.