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WA records fifth snowfall of year, equal second most on record

Tuesday October 12, 2021 - 09:09 AEDT

Western Australia has recorded its fifth snowfall of the year today and the equal second-most on record.

A small snow flurry was captured on video at the summit of Bluff Knoll just after dawn this morning as the remnants of a cold front moved across the south coast.

Snow flurries were recorded on the Stirling Range peak, the highest in southern WA at 1,099 metres in May, July, August and September before this morning's light fall.

The most number of snow flurries ever recorded in WA a single year was six in 2016, with five previously recorded in 1968.

Snowfall equals record from mid-century

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said without observation equipment on the bluff it relied on reports from hikers to confirm snowfalls.

The spokesperson said temperatures on Bluff Knoll were between 2 and 4 degrees Celsius this morning. 

"The last time we had five recorded snow events was over half a century ago in 1968," she said.

Western Australia averages 1.7 snowfalls each year ? the earliest recorded in April 1970 and the latest November, 18 in 1923.

Snowfalls have even been recorded in the hills behind Perth and as far north as Geraldton.


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