PHOTOS: 'Deafening roar', blanket of hail turns town white

MARBURG residents awoke to a "deafening roar" of hail and what could be mistaken as snow when a supercell storm passed through late on Wednesday night.

Weather Watch meteorologist Anthony Cornelius captured dramatic pictures of the hail that turned the main street and roads into a winter wonderland.

"A supercell hailstorm has just swept over Marburg and it's turned everything white," Mr Cornelius said on social media.

"The roar of the hail was deafening, road conditions were dangerous due to ice on the road."

Residents at Tallegalla, near Marburg, recorded 28mm of rain on Wednesday night but less than 30km away in Ipswich, just 2mm was recorded. Hail was up to 3.5cm at Marburg.

Bureau of Meteorology forecasters warn Ipswich, Lockyer, Scenic Rim and Somerset regions could cop similar storms right through this weekend.

 

BOM forecaster Harry Clark said instability in the upper atmosphere was driving the spring storms.

"It is fairly unsettled for the next few days across the region," Mr Clark said

"There is the chance of showers and a thunderstorm again Friday afternoon and evening as well.

"There is a chance... the storms could be severe as well. There could be some more thunderstorms with large hail and damaging winds, similar to on Wednesday night.

"It's all been driven by an upper low in the upper atmosphere. A whole lot of cool air is giving instability for thunderstorms to form."

Mr Clark said it would be difficult to predict where the storms would hit.

"There will be a similar sort of set-up but it is pretty hit and miss over the next few days," he said.

"There is a chance they could be severe but their general nature means they are isolated and not one massive storm sweeping across. It is very isolated activity."

Storms and rainfall were more likely Saturday.

"If you're under a storm, there are some decent falls but nothing huge," Mr Clark said.

"Outside the storm, there will be very little rain."

Temperatures in Ipswich will peak at 28C Friday, warming up slightly to 29C on Saturday.

Conditions will cool off slightly to 24C on Sunday and remain in the mid-20s on Monday.

Identical temperatures are expected in Gatton while Boonah will be cooler, between 23C and 28C.

 


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