WHITE WASH: Snow around Tenterfield stretched to the horizon in 2012.
WHITE WASH: Snow around Tenterfield stretched to the horizon in 2012.

Want snow? Look over the border on Monday

IF you were half thinking about driving towards Stanthorpe in the hope of showing the kids some snow later this week, you might have to think longer term and longer distance.

Snow is more likely 500km and six hours drive away from the Sunshine Coast in the New England region of New South Wales than Queensland's Granite Belt, 300km and four hours drive away.

And the best bet is early next week rather than late this week.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said "it's quite unlikely" that anywhere in or near Queensland will see snow over the next couple of days because the air was a little too dry.

"You can't get sleet or snow if there's no moisture in the air," he said.

The spokesman said snow was "a very small chance" in New South Wales on Monday or Tuesday.

Tenterfield Shire Council tourism officer Caitlin Reid said snow was more likely in the higher areas of the district than the town of Tenterfield itself.

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She said Guyra, about 500km and six and a half hours drive from the Sunshine Coast, between Glen Innes and Armidale, and Mt McKenzie near Tenterfield township were usually the first places to see snow.

"We have a mountain behind town which is just under 1300m high and you can see if there's snow it sticks," she said.

"There was talk of a couple of snowflakes the other morning but they didn't stick."

The BoM spokesman said snow anywhere north of Guyra in the coming days would be unlikely.

Miss Reid said although there were forecasts of four probably snowfalls in the area this season, increasingly warm temperatures were not looking good for it in the next week.

"The temperature keeps increasing from what I'm seeing. I think we'll probably get some rain and sleet."

She said late July brought snow last year but locals would be happy to see a white wash of the town any time soon.

"It was absolutely incredible last year. We had it on the mountain one weekend and the following weekend, it was in the town," she said.

"Even when the snow had melted, there was a snowman around every corner."
 

Snow spotting opportunities

Queensland:

Mt Tully, south of Stanthorpe,

Eukey, further south of Mt Tulley,

Giraween National Park, further south again, near Ballandean.

New South Wales:

Ben Lomond, a village south of Glen Innes on the Northern Tablelands area of the New England District,

Guyra, south of Ben Lomond, between Glen Innes and Armidale,

Mt McKenzie near Tenterfield,

Tenterfield.


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