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Australian snow season update

Ben Domensino, Thursday September 27, 2018 - 16:21 AEST

Australia's natural snow depth is continuing to slowly decline, alhtough there's still plenty of base left to go sliding around on at higher elevations.

Late-September is typically a time of declining snow depth in Australia. The periodic snowfalls that occur at this time of year aren't enough to compensate for the compaction and melting that occurs from rising spring temperatures and rainfall.

This week's natural snow depth at Spencers Creek in NSW was 169.5cm on Wednesday, which is the lowest its been since the start of August and down 55cm from the season's peak depth.

While this may sound unfortunate, it's still quite a good base for the end of September. With the exception of 2017, this is still the best depth for this point in the season in at least six years.

Spencers Creek sits at about 1,830m above sea level. Further down the mountain, Snowy Hydro's latest weekly depth measurement at Deep Creek (1,620m) was down to 21.9m on Wednesday, while Three Mile Dam (1,460m) has been at 0cm since the middle of the month.



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