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Snow chasers race to Bluff Knoll in WA's Great Southern region in search of snow

By Andrew Collins and Will Marwick, Wednesday July 5, 2017 - 18:16 EST
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There's been a light fall of snow at the summit of Bluff Knoll in WA's Great Southern region. July 5,2017 - ABC
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There's been a light fall of snow at the summit of Bluff Knoll in WA's Great Southern region. July 5,2017 - ABC

Families on school holidays are flocking to the Stirling Ranges in the Great Southern region of WA, where there has been a light fall of snow, the second this week.

The weather bureau had predicted a cold front moving across Perth and the South West could bring snow to Bluff Knoll, 100 kilometres north-east of Albany.



Ayleen Sands runs the Stirling Range Retreat near the base of the range and said it was the first time her accommodation was sold out in July, since it opened.

"It's the first time in 21 years that we are full tonight and full tomorrow night, except for camping," Ms Sands said.

"They're all snow chasers. They have come from... Geraldton, Perth or the west coast."



Ms Sands said people had headed out to climb Bluff Knoll from as early as 4.30am.

"They head off with their five layers of clothing, their beanies, gloves, scarf, long trousers with their socks tucked in," she said.

"They're very happy, very thrilled about the idea of being so cold.



The base carpark was completely full by about 8.30am.

On Tuesday, Albany District Acting Manager Luke Coney said it would increase ranger patrols to cater for the influx of visitors.

He also warned against "inappropriate" clothing.

"We've had people try and come up with thongs, under some pretty severe weather conditions. You know, totally inappropriate really," Mr Coney said.

"I mean if people are looking to go up they need to be well-prepared with adequate clothing."

Severe weather warning for South West

There is a severe weather warning for damaging winds for the South West, including Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste.

BOM senior forecaster Steve McInerney said the chance of snow would increase in the late afternoon as cold air moves into the region.

"It's going to be quite cold, we're only seeing temperatures in the eight degrees already in that south-westly direction," Mr McInerney said.

On Sunday, locals told the ABC they saw the.

Bluff Knoll is the state's third highest peak and one of the very few places in WA that receives snow.


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