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Snow possible on Stirling Range as BOM forecasts cold snap for southern Western Australia

By John Dobson, Thursday October 1, 2020 - 14:07 EST
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Snow on Bluff Knoll often attracts hundreds of hikers keen to see the rare spectacle in WA. - ABC

A cold front could bring snow to peaks in southern Western Australia this weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a cold front will move across the South West land division during Thursday evening and Friday morning followed by a ridge of high pressure with a cold southerly flow.

Snow is possible on the highest peaks of the Stirling Range, about 100 kilometres north-east of Albany, on Friday evening and early Saturday morning.

Bluff Knoll, the highest peak in the range, is the only place in WA to record regular winter snowfalls each year averaging about two each year.

The latest snowfall ever recorded on the peak was in November 1973.

Duty forecaster Steph Bond said the best chance of snow flurries would be late Friday night.

The bureau's MetEye forecasts possible snow from about 11:00pm until 5:00am on the Stirling Range.

Maximum temperatures across the south will hit reach between 13 and 15 degrees Celsius on Saturday and Sunday.

Authorities urge caution for those considering climbing Bluff Knoll as conditions will be hazardous.


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