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Weather News - Fresh dusting of snow to the southeast

Tristan Meyers, 2 July 2015

A cold front has brought snow to the Alps of New South Wales, priming a good weekend to hit the snow fields.

After a poor start to the New South Wales ski season, a fluffy ten centimeters was reported falling at the peak of Thredbo, with around five centimeter depths recorded around Perisher. A total of about eight centimeters dropped across the day in Charlotte Pass. Victoria got ten centimeters at Falls Creek and five centimeters at Lake Mountain as well as few centimeters reported across Mt Buffalo.

Most of the snow will stop overnight and winds will ease. Additionally, temperatures look to plummet to below -5 degrees across the ranges of both Victoria and New South Wales, creating ideal conditions for snow making.

The next chance of snowfall within the next seven days is late on Monday and into Tuesday, but falls should be confined to the highest peaks. Looking further ahead, a longwave trough should move over southeast Australia late next week, resulting in persistent cold fronts. This will cause cold, moisture bearing air-masses to flow across the New South Wales and Victorian Alps.

- Weatherzone

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Weather News - Chilly start across the southeast

Tristan Meyers, 3 July 2015

It was a cold morning across New South Wales and northern Victoria, with many places across the states waking up to frozen pipes and frosty foliage.

With the mercury falling to -5 degrees, Forbes just had their coldest morning since 2002 - that's nearly eight degrees below their average. Grenfell, Taralga and Oberon all had their coldest July morning since 1986, all recording temperatures of -4 degrees or less.

Bendigo just braced their chilliest morning of any month since June 2006. Meanwhile, Redesdale plummeted to -4 degrees overnight, seven degrees below their average and the coldest July morning since 1994. Castlemaine also fell to -4 degrees which turns out to be their coldest July minimum since 1997.

For some of the capital cities, Sydney had its coldest July morning since 2012 while Canberra dipped down to a chilly -7 degrees, their coldest July morning since 2011.

The cold snap was caused by a front that swept through the south east. As the cold front passed and a high pressure ridge developed, a cold pool of air was left in its wake. This allowed skies to clear and winds to become light. Temperatures steadily dropped over night and only began to rise once the sun rose at around 6:30am.

Although sunny days are the forecast this weekend, cold mornings look to continue across New South Wales and northern Victoria as this pool of cold air lingers and the high pressure system slowly edges east.

- Weatherzone

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Weather News - Parts of Queensland wake under a veil of fog.

Guy Dixon, 3 July 2015

Following a strong cold front which swept over southeastern parts of the nation yesterday, cool air settled under clear skies over parts of the sunshine state.

Oakey Aero fared the worst with a thick blanket of fog limiting visibility to less than 50 metres. Elsewhere, Toowoomba struggled to peer further than 250 metres, while Townsville's visibility dipped to 500 metres.

South/southeasterly winds have been filtering over moisture over Queensland over the past few days which supplied the necessary ingredients for fog to develop. As this moist air condensed with cool air in the early hours of this morning, patches of thick fog lingered, undisturbed by calm winds.

In the coming days, the risk of fog will remain, although not as severe. The airmass will gradually become more mild over the weekend, while the moisture content will also lessen.

- Weatherzone

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