Freezing cold conditions predicted for Toowoomba
WEATHER forecasters have tipped the possibility of snow falling on the Granite Belt this weekend.
The weather bureau is predicting bitterly cold conditions tomorrow with the possibility of snow falling at Stanthorpe.
Freezing cold wind gusts are expected to hit Toowoomba taking temperatures below zero.
The apparent temperature in Toowoomba may get as low as minus one on Monday with wind gusts of up to 55kmh.
Freezing weather is forecast for Stanthorpe tomorrow, with possibilities of snow and sleet. That is expected to apply to areas over or about 900m above sea level.
But snow is highly unlikely in Toowoomba, which is 500m above sea level.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Steven Hadley said a cold front would move across south-east Queensland tonight through to tomorrow.
The cold front is rapidly heading north-east and will create freezing temperatures through to the middle of next week.
"Air is going to really dry out and cool down after that cold front passes through but while the air is cooling down, moisture in the air will be enough to cause some showers to fall with snow over higher ground," Mr Hadley said.
Today in Toowoomba, a maximum temperature of 17 degrees is expected with a minimum of eight degrees; tomorrow will be a maximum of 11 degrees and minimum of five degrees and Monday will have a maximum of 10 degrees and a minimum of two degrees.
Winds are expected to ease off quite significantly, but the region can still expect chilly mornings and widespread frost through the week.
The last time Toowoomba experienced a "snow-like'' event was on July 28, 2008, when hail and snow fell in some suburbs.
Snow fell at a Eukey, south of Stanthorpe, on June 25, 2013.
Toowoomba residents were left wondering if the cold front had arrived early yesterday after a large line of cloud was spotted in the early morning.
Bureau forecaster Dean Narramore said the mass of cloud was called stratocumulus which are extensive flat, but slightly lumpy sheets of cloud.
"It's a lower level cloud, sitting a few thousand feet above the surface," he said.
The cloud covered almost all of the Darling Downs, but it broke up when the air mass warmed and dried at that level.
Cold weather tips
Layer up - wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
Don't forget your furry friends - bring pets indoors. If they can't come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
Remember the one metre rule - If you are using a heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least one metre away - things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
Don't catch fire - If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs. Make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
Electric Blankets - Never use an electric blanket and hot water bottle together as you could electrocute yourself. If you have an electric blanket, check what type it is - some are designed only to warm the bed before you get in and should not to be used throughout the night.