Tenterfield on New England Hwy
Tenterfield on New England Hwy Jack Mcfadden

Snow forces Tenterfield to close roads as chill persists

UPDATE 10.50am: MURWILLUMBAH is the place to be right now if you want to get out of the cold, relatively speaking.

As of 10am, Murwillumbah was basking under a sunny 11.2C. Technically that doesn't make it the warmest place on the Northern Rivers right now - that title goes to the Grafton Agricultural Research Station which has a temperature of 12.8C.

Howevert, Murwillumbah's apparent temperature - what it actually feels like - is well the warmest in the region at 8C, just ahead of Grafton Airport on 7.8C.

Overall, while temperatures have certainly lifted since 6am, it's still very much brass monkeys weather out there.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, temperatures across the Northern Rivers stood thus:

  • Ballina: 11.5, feels like 2.7
  • Cape Byron 11, feels like 5.9
  • Casino: 12.5, feels like 5.6
  • Coolangatta: 12.5: feels like 6.9
  • Evans Head: 12.1, feels like 7
  • Grafton Agricultural Research Station: 12.8, feels like 6.8
  • Grafton Airport: 12.6, feels like 7.8
  • Lismore Airport: 11.9, feels like 2.9
  • Murwillumbah: 11.2, feels like 8
  • Yamba: 11.9, feels like 5.2
Wallangarra PO
Wallangarra PO Jack McFadden

If that's not enough to get you reaching for every jumper you own, there's a shocker of a wind across a lot of the Northern Rivers ranging from 6km/h at Murwillumbah to 37km/h, gusting to 57km/h at Ballina.

Up on the Tablelands, the places that received snow this morning are still coated ion the white stuff with Inverell and Tabulam the only communities listed as having an apparent temperature above 0C

Once again, temperatures have generally lifted since 6am with the coldest community on the Northern Tablelands now Guyra, with an actual temperature of -1.5 and an apparent temperature of -11.5.

Tenterfield, which received some decent snow overnight, is now up to a temperature of 1.2C with an apparent temperature of -4.9C.

The conditions are such that Tenterfield Council has issued a warning to motorists, urging them to drive with caution.

It may also be the first time the myroadinfo website has had to announce a road closure due to snow.

The council has now had to close two roads - The Mt McKenzie Lookout Road and Gum Flat Road - due to snow and has cautions in place for Mt McKeenzie Road and the New England Highway at Bolivia. 

Thanks to Jimmy Bennett for sharing this image on Facebook. He says it shows
Thanks to Jimmy Bennett for sharing this image on Facebook. He says it shows "a lovely snow blanket in my front yard here in Tenterfield at 2am". Jimmy Bennett

INITIAL REPORT: IN Sydney they're calling it the coldest day in 20 years.

We may or may not be able to make the same claim on the Northern Rivers, but either way, it's freezing here this morning.

The warmest place on the Northern Rivers this morning is the Grafton Airport, where, as of 6am, the Bureau of Meteorology said it was a lovely 8.4C, and felt like 4.6.

The rest of the region wasn't so lucky.

Coolangatta was ostensibly doing okay, with the thermometer reading 7.5C, but it's "apparent temperature" - what it actually feels like - sitting at 0C.

The rest of the region is managing to fall somewhere between the high at Grafton and the low at Coolangatta:

  • Ballina: 7.5, feels like 0.7
  • Cape Byron 7.8, feels like 1
  • Casino: 6.1, feels like 0.4
  • Coolangatta: 7.5: feels like 0
  • Evans Head: 5.8, feels like 0
  • Grafton Agricultural Research Station: 6.6, feels like 1
  • Grafton Airport: 8.4, feels like 4.6
  • Lismore Airport: 6.6, feels like 1
  • Yamba: 8.1, feels like 3.1

The predicted snow is falling on the Northern Tablelands, where actual temperatures are ranging between -1.3 and 1.7, and apparent temperatures range between -9.7 and -2.3.

The rest of the day is expected to remain chilly on the Northern Rivers, with highs ranging between 15 and 18 and, just to cool things down a little, winds blowing at up to 30km/h.

If you're planning to skip work today to go see the snow, you'll find it right across the Tablelands, from Tenterfield to Walcha this morning, as well as over the border at Stanthorpe.

However, you probably don't want to muck around getting out there if you want to see it before it melts.

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