Snow marks the end of winter

There could not have been a more fitting end to winter on Friday with snow falling in Cooma CBD. 

It started at about midday and lasted for about an hour, with a light flurry again later in the afternoon. 

The sign at Mack’s Corner in Sharp Street showed a temperature of just two degrees as it snowed.

Looking out towards the four-mile from Nanny Goat Hill the hills were hidden by white snow clouds. 

It wasn’t the first time it snowed in town this winter, with a small amount also falling earlier in August.

Although it didn’t settle on the ground in Cooma, it was the perfect end to the season. 

Winter bought a mixed bag of weather for Cooma. 

Days were warmer, nights were colder and it was drier than normal. 

Senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel Dick Whitaker said daytime maximum temperatures were a little warmer than the long term average while the night time temperatures were slightly colder than average. 

Sub-zero overnight temperatures continued throughout August, plummeting to minus seven degrees on two occasions. 

The average overnight temperature was -2.8 degrees across almost a degree colder than the long term average.

Winter was a little drier than average too with 84.6mm falling across the three months compared to the average of 93.9mm.

There was some relief from the cold towards the end of August with temperatures reaching a top of 17.6 degrees Celsius on August 22 and similar temperatures on August 27, 28 and 29. 

Best snow in eight years

The Snowy Mountains ski resorts have seen the best snow fall in eight years with an official snow depth of more than two metres.

As a result, the ski season will be extended.

Measured by Snowy Hydro at Spencer’s Creek, two kilometres from Perisher, the snow depth measured 2.04 metres on Friday with more to come. 

It’s the deepest snow cover since 2004 when the depth reached 228cm in mid August.

The average peak snow depth each year is around 180 to 190cm.

While the higher resorts have welcomed a bumper season the snow depth at lower elevations has been near or slightly below average.

Thredbo recorded its coldest winter in 12 years with an average temperature of -2.7C.

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