Snow forecasts leave Lithgow high and dry

HOLDING ON FOR THIS: In the meantime Lithgow residents will have to wait for a snowfall... hopefully nothing like the one that hit Lithgow in 1965. Picture: IAN COATES.
HOLDING ON FOR THIS: In the meantime Lithgow residents will have to wait for a snowfall... hopefully nothing like the one that hit Lithgow in 1965. Picture: IAN COATES.

There is a slim chance of snow on Saturday, July 15, but only in the Central West’s highest locations. 

“We’re really talking 1200,1300 metres above sea level. Lithgow won’t be getting anything, except maybe a dust,” said Peter Zmijewski of the Bureau of Meteorology.

“The situation is that we’ve got a fairly cold pool of upper air moving in over the weekend, particularly that Friday evening period, and a bit of precipitation associated with that.”

“That’s the basic set up for snowy conditions but there’s a lot of uncertainty about that particular event because our computer models are showing varying temperatures in the mid to lower atmosphere, which can have a possible impact on snowfall.” 

Mr Zmijewski said residents of Lithgow should expect widespread frosts on Friday and Saturday night. 

“Saturday night is going to be cold, cold, cold,” he said. 

FILE IMAGE: Meteorologist says Lithgow should expect frost but not snow.

FILE IMAGE: Meteorologist says Lithgow should expect frost but not snow.

BOM is predicting a minimum temperature of negative 4.

“Friday night will not be too cold but winds will make it feel like it is,” he said.

Daytime conditions over the weekend will be mild. Saturday may have early showers but Sunday will be mostly sunny.