COLD BLAST: Big freeze to hit southern Queensland today
PARTS of Queensland are set to shiver along with the southern states as a cold blast moves north later today, and is expected to remain for the weekend.
Weather forecasters have this week been predicting snow to fall across the Southern Downs and Granite Belt.
Regardless of whether the snow eventuates or not, it is going to be a freezing cold few days for those regions.
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On the Sunshine Coast temperatures will hit a maximum of just 18C on Saturday before dipping to a low overnight of 6C, with more chilly days to follow.
The Bureau of Meterology has issued strong wind warnings for coastal waters on the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, and the Gold Coast today, and strong wind warnings are in place for Sunshine Coast waters on Saturday.
The Sunshine Coast forecast from BOM:
FRIDAY: Medium (40%) chance of light rain this morning. Mostly sunny afternoon. Winds westerly 20 to 30 km/h turning southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the late evening. Max 22C.
SATURDAY: Sunny. Winds southwesterly 25 to 40 km/h decreasing to 15 to 25 km/h early in the morning then becoming south to southwesterly and light in the middle of the day. Max 18C, Min 8C.
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. Light winds. Max 20, Min 6.
MONDAY: Cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of patchy rain. Light winds becoming southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h during the day then increasing to 30 to 45 km/h during the evening. Max 20, Min 10.