Snow falls as winter hits
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.