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Queenslanders are gonna see snow for the first time in 7 years

As if this year couldn’t get any weirder – our beloved Queensland is about to face a near record-breaking cold storm!

You read that right, Queensland is gonna get cold. And maybe Pauline Hanson will want an explanation.

The wonderfully sunny state of Queensland, which for centuries has bragged winter temperatures averaging a low of 20 degrees – a.k.a. a British summer – is now forecasted to hit a new low, with snowstorms and ice fields on the agenda.

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Specifically, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting snow, a powerful wind chill factor and icy road conditions across the state, with temperatures set to drop between 4 and 6 degrees below average.

Up in the Granite Belt Region, which is just near Brisbane, meteorologists are also expecting snow, with temperatures there set to drop a whole 10 degrees celsius below average!

The peak of the cold will be around the Granite Belt region on Thursday, when we’re forecasting low temperatures of just minus 2 degrees for Stanthorpe and a maximum temperature of just 6 degrees“, Pieter Claasan of the Bureau of Meteorology stated.

To put things into perspective, Stanthorpe’s average for June is 15.5C. So yeah, it’s going to get cold.

Lead meteorologist Matthew Bass has said snow could also fall in Queensland as early as this afternoon, with the coldest air arriving tomorrow, generating up to 900 metres on the Granite Belt.

This would be record-breaking for Wallangara, Giraween National Park and Eukey. However, it still doesn’t match the heavy snowfall experienced by Stanthorpe and Ballandean in 2015, which was also the last time either town saw snow at all.

“I think it probably is shaping up to be the biggest snow event since 2015 based on our records here.”

Across Brisbane, chilly mornings are on the menu all week, with 6C minimums forecasted through to the weekend, peaking at just 18C on Thursday.

State of Origin fans need to take note as well – Townsville is set for a cold blast right in the middle of game time.

“During the game time it will feel quite cool for them as well so yeah, definitely bring a jumper to the game.”

Good advice from Claasen.