The Darling Downs has been told to expect icy conditions at the weekend, as a cold blast from the south brings the potential of snow and widespread frost.
The Darling Downs has been told to expect icy conditions at the weekend, as a cold blast from the south brings the potential of snow and widespread frost. george tsartsianidis

Chance of snow, frost on Darling Downs at weekend

THE Darling Downs has been told to expect icy conditions at the weekend, as a cold blast from the south brings the potential of snow and widespread frost.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Livio Regano said residents should prepare to be "extremely cold".

"There will be an extensive frost and freezing conditions across the Darling Downs at the weekend," Mr Regano said.

"There is a potential for snow in the highest points of the Granite Belt on Saturday night, but this an outside chance, less than 20 per cent.

"It could be a freezing and disappointing night for those waiting to catch a glimpse of snow, it's likely it could be more like a slurry."

He said large parts of the region would have sub zero temperatures from Saturday night.

"There will be plenty of frost, a solid, good frost with that," Mr Regano.

"We are expecting the coldest mornings will be on Sunday and Monday.

"It will be -1 degrees in the morning in Warwick and Dalby, and -3 degrees in Applethorpe."

He said Toowoomba would get cold days but would have relatively mild morning temperatures at the weekend.

"Cold air flows off the mountain and often settles in the valleys," Mr Regano said.

"We are expecting lows of 5 degrees on Sunday morning for Toowoomba, only reaching a high of 14 degrees.

Snow falls in Stanthorpe, Queensland: Snow falling in Stanthorpe on July 17, 2015.
Snow falls in Stanthorpe, Queensland: Snow falling in Stanthorpe on July 17, 2015.

"It is possible this minimum could fall to 0 degrees if the wind drops, but it's not likely."

He said temperatures would warm again mid-way through next week.

"This cold snap is caused by a series of cold fronts," he said.

"On the west side of the front there is cold air blowing up from Antarctica, which is causing the cold conditions."

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