Snow falls as win­ter hits

Alpine Observer - - News -

SNOW is ex­pected to be on the ground for this week­end’s sea­son open­ing at Falls Creek and Mt Hotham al­though lifts are un­likely to be turn­ing.

Open­ing week­end snow­play is likely to be on man­made snow as long as its re­mains cold enough over the com­ing days.

Snow guns at both re­sorts were turned on for the first time last week as tem­per­a­tures dropped to as low as mi­nus four.

While the finals days of au­tumn brought some nat­u­ral snow to the peaks, the 150 peo­ple who jumped into Rocky Val­ley Dam at Falls Creek to pay homage to the snow gods on the first day of win­ter, will be hop­ing there’s a big dump fairly soon.

In the val­leys there was wel­come rain­fall last Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day.

Myrtle­ford re­ceived the most rain in the Alpine Shire over the three days with 25.4mm recorded by the TAFCO weather sta­tion.

May was the wettest month this year and was wet­ter than what was an even dryer pe­riod in 2017.

There was 18 days in May in which it rained in Myrtle­ford and Bright but the Kiewa Val­ley topped the monthly rain­fall tally with 83.4mm from just 13 days.

Pore­punkah had the most rain for au­tumn with 173mm, ahead of the Kiewa Val­ley 164mm and Myrtle­ford 142mm.

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