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Snow reported in SA, as rain drenches wide area

Friday June 22, 2012 - 13:42 EST
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Creek flows after heavy rain in the Mount Lofty Ranges - ABC

Many southern areas of South Australia have had a drenching for two days and mid-north locals said they thought there had been snow.

Adelaide has recorded more than 60mm of rain and locations in the hills have had even more, including more than 100mm at Belair.

There have been significant falls in areas including the mid-north, but little or no rain in the Riverland or in outback regions of the far north.

Over two days, there has been 53mm recorded at Maitland on Yorke Peninsula and 50mm at Auburn in the Clare Valley.

Authorities said there had been another day of flooding problems around Goolwa, Currency Creek and Langhorne Creek.

'Snow' in mid-north

Locals at Melrose in the mid-north said there appeared to be snow in the area on Friday morning.

They said Mount Remarkable was partly covered and they thought it was the first significant fall there since 1988.

Local Loretta Swain said it was a stunning sight.

"I popped out of the front of the shop here with a coffee in hand and I thought the mountain looked particularly white, a bit unusual and [I was] definitely happy to see a phenomena like this on the mountain, so it's very beautiful," she said.

She estimated there was snow on the top one-third or so of the 960-metre mountain.

"It's not a huge heavy dumping of snow. The snow cloud's sitting there and just drifting across, the rainbows are glistening in the sun there so it's just lovely," she said.

Weather forecasters said current atmospheric conditions were not generally conducive to snowfalls.

Vince Rowlands of the weather bureau said the June rainfall in SA had been the heaviest since 2005.

"A pretty significant event for this time of year, but you know it is winter and we do get frontal systems coming through, it's just this one has produced quite a bit of rainfall," he said.

Emergency crews have been kept busy dealing with pockets of flooding and some roads have been impassable.

There have been some thunderstorms, including across parts of Adelaide.


© ABC 2012

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