Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

BoM issues 'big weather' warning

By Catherine Clifford, Friday February 1, 2013 - 22:29 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a weather warning for the Northern Tablelands, with very heavy rain expected across the Australia Day long weekend.

The northern reaches of the Northern Tablelands, including Tenterfield, could see in excess of 100mm in the next 24 hours.

The Bureau says the North West Slopes and Plains will be impacted on Sunday, with around 60mm expected to fall as the remnants of ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald move south.

Meteorologist, Julie Evans, says a Flood Watch has been activated for eleven river systems, mainly in coastal areas.

"If farmers are looking for rain, they'll get a good drop and the initial numbers we're looking at are probably in the vicinity of 50mm to 100mm and, perhaps, locally a little bit higher than that," she said.

"Northern parts of the North West Slopes and Plains can expect some rainfall on Sunday, but we're not expecting it to be in the same ball park as the amount expected east of the Ranges."

Col Malone, from the Northern Tablelands S-E-S, says motorists need to exercise caution, particularly because winds will, at times, be gale force.

"We're looking at potential flooding in the Upper Macintyre Valley which would come down into the Inverell Shire area," he said.

"We'd like the public, particularly those out on the roads and those in town, to heed our message that if it's flooded not to go into the water."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclone preparations step up as tropical low expected to strengthen off north Queensland

12:53 EDT

Authorities are preparing for a potential cyclone that could hit the north Queensland coast in coming days, as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) tracks a tropical low in the Coral Sea that is expected to strengthen.

Queensland cyclone threat update

11:30 EDT

It's looking more likely that a tropical cyclone will cross the Queensland coast in the coming days.

Tropical low drenches Port Hedland and surrounding cattle country

11:27 EDT

A slow-moving tropical low has drenched the WA mining town of Port Hedland, which has received more than 270 millimetres of rain this week.