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Canberra cold snap

James Casey, Thursday August 13, 2015 - 13:03 EST

Snowfall and some of the coldest August days in over a decade for Canberra and surrounds.

Canberra only reached 7.5 degrees yesterday as a freezing air mass moved over the nation's capital. This was the second coldest day for winter and the coldest August day since 2005. Tuggeranong topped out at six degrees, the coldest August day in a decade. Further south, Khancoban only reached six degrees, the coldest August day in 18 years.

Canberra saw widespread snow falls for the first time this year, extending from Yass to the CBD. The snowfall lasted half an hour around the middle of the day. Snow also fell further north, on the Central and Northern Tablelands, with some of the best falls at Orange and Walcha while Ben Lomond and Guyra also had some snow this morning.

These extremely cold conditions occurred due to a strong cold front that brought an extremely cold airmass as well as a band of thick cloud and precipitation across the state.

A high pressure system has now established itself in the wake of yesterday's cold front, allowing sunny skies and maximum temperatures reaching closer to average today. This high pressure system will persist over the next few days bringing a calm and mostly dry weekend.

- Weatherzone

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