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Region revels in heaviest snowfall in 31 years

WHERE else but Queensland would a snow photo feature a man in shorts and singlet, lying next to a snowman with a tea towel for a neck scarf.

A rare sight, but somehow still iconically Australian, the photo was one of many to capture the excitement of Queenslanders as the state experienced its thickest snow fall since 1984.

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Residents of south-east Queensland woke up yesterday to a white wonderland as a second winter cold snap brought snow to areas along the Granite Belt, including Applethorpe, Eukey and Amiens overnight.

The place to be for snow chasers was Stanthorpe and Applethorpe, with snow as thick as 8cm blanketing the region. Toowoomba families joined the influx of visitors to the towns, many seeing snow for the first time.

At 8am yesterday, weather watchers Higgins Storm Chasing put out an alert seeking confirmation of reports of snow in Toowoomba

"8am snow in Toowoomba? We have reports can anyone confirm this!" Higgins tweeted.

A Bureau of Meteorology forecaster said the bureau had received unconfirmed reports of snow in Toowoomba as well as north in the Bunya Mountains and in Warwick.

He said they were furiously going through the data to determine whether this was the case and how significant the weather event had been.

Looks like the snow day might be the last for a while - he said it was unlikely there would be any more. Toowoomba's temperature yesterday plummeted to 0 degrees with a max of 7.0 degrees. Today it's expected to reach a high of 15 degrees with a low of 2 degrees.

Topics:  cold weather granite belt snow stanthorpe toowoomba


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