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Sunshine state set to shiver as icy blast rolls in from the south


Winter is ready to hit Queensland with a vengeance later this week as a bank of cold air marches up from southern states, bringing possible snow on some places and frosts as far as the tropics.

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The Bureau of Meteorology  is talking of the chance of snow on the Granite Belt from Wednesday – the first time in six years – and forecasting minimum temperatures in southern areas as low as minus two from Thursday.

The bureau’s Matt Marshall said there would be above average temperatures early in the week but the reprieve would be short.

“A renewed pulse of cool air will drop temperatures to four to eight degrees below average from Wednesday,” he said.

“Especially chilly will be the early morning periods from Thursday onwards.”

“Some parts of the tropics are also likely to see some notably chilly conditions especially from Thursday morning as cool dry southwesterlies sweep northward.”

He said morning frosts were possible as far north as the Atherton Tablelands.

Cold, wet conditions are likely to result in a sheep graziers warning being issue on Wednesday and Thursday, Marshall said.

The winter weather has brought big dumps of snow to Victoria and NSW ski fields as the cold front makes it way north.

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