Snow falls in South Australia in unusually cold snap for September

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Snow has fallen across South Australia’s Mid-North and possibly at Mount Lofty in unusually cold weather for the end of September.

Temperatures have fallen to as low as 1.4 degrees Celsius at Mount Lofty, the tallest mountain near Adelaide.

Locals in the state’s Mid-North say they have woken to some of the heaviest snow falls seen in many years.

A woman holding a snowball while others hold their coat hoods
People throwing snowballs — or maybe hail balls — at Mount Lofty.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Troy Sincock)

Whyte Yarcowie resident Judy Lewis said she woke to a white blanket over her car and front yard.

Ms Lewis said she could not believe it.

“I got up to make a coffee and I looked out and I thought ‘what’s all that white on the car?’ because it looked different to ice, which you get when it’s frosty,” she said.

Snow on a station wagon
Snow on a car in Peterborough.(Facebook: Duck Duck Goose)

Peterborough residents said it had also snowed there and was still coming down.


Ray Hotchin said he had only seen snow once in the town in his 11 years there.

“This one definitely the heaviest,” he said.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecast Vince Rowlands said snow in September was “pretty unusual”, although it had been seen into October.

“We don’t often get snow in the Mount Lofty Ranges this late in the year,” he said.

Duty forecaster Jenny Horvat it had “definitely been cold enough” for snow but not for it to stay too long on the ground.

She said it could also be hail, though, at Mount Lofty.

Snow on a lawn
Snow at Hallett.(Supplied: Thomas Fletcher)

“It could be a combination of both,” she said.

“It’s definitely cold enough for hail and for snow as well up there.

“It’s probably the coldest it’s been at Mount Lofty all night [at 7:00am] so if it’s happening now it’s around the time.”

The forecast for Adelaide is 14C, below the average for September of 18.4C.

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