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Polar blast of snow, frost and heavy wind chill to hit Queensland today

By Jessica Rendall, Wednesday June 9, 2021 - 01:37 EST
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Southern Queensland is set to get a cold blast from today through to Friday. - ABC

With most of the nation experiencing a cold snap this week, Queenslanders can expect temperatures to drop well below average.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has also forecast snow, a powerful wind chill factor and even icy road conditions.    

The cold temperatures will sweep across most of the state, where temperatures will drop 4 to 6 degrees Celsius below average.

BOM forecaster Pieter Claassen said most of Queensland would be colder than usual for the month of June.

"Four to 6 degrees below average for most of the state, in terms of maximum temperatures," he said.

Snow is expected to reach the Granite Belt region, where temperatures could drop to 10C below average.

"The peak of the cold will be around the Granite Belt region on Thursday, when we're forecasting low temperatures of just minus 2 degrees for Stanthorpe and a maximum temperature of just 6 degrees."

Stanthorpe's average maximum for June is 15.5C.

Those wanting to catch a glimpse of some snowfall will find luck in the town of Eukey, near Stanthorpe, where some flakes are forecast to fall Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

"We could get maybe one or two flakes further east of the Granite Belt over the high topography like Mount Barney and even south into New South Wales ? but particularly around Stanthorpe."

Further north, the overnight temperature is expected to fall to 5C in Mackay on Friday morning ? 8C below average.

West of Cairns, the tablelands could get some patchy frost, Mr Claasen said.

In Brisbane, chilly mornings will persist until the weekend, with morning minimums of just 6C and a top of 18C on Thursday.

"We don't see too many teen top temps in Brissy, so three days might be a bit rough but that's what happens in a cold blast," BOM senior forecaster Matt Bass said.

'Bring a jumper to the game'

Anyone heading to the State of Origin opener in Townsville tonight can expect windy conditions as a cool change moves through the region around game time.

"With those south-westerly winds bringing quite windy conditions, it's going to feel probably more in the mid to low teens around Townsville," Mr Claasen said.

"During the game time it will feel quite cool for them as well so yeah, definitely bring a jumper to the game."

Mr Claassen said the state would not see the same calibre of storms experienced in May, but some rain was expected.

"We'll see parts of the Granite Belt, Maranoa, Warrego and south-east coast district see falls in the 10 to 20 millimetre range as that cold front and cloud runs across," he said.


© ABC 2021

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