The Day it Snowed in Seymour

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1986 was an unusual year as far as weather in Seymour was concerned, 1986 recorded the warmest and driest Autumn on record. March 7th reached 39.9 degrees and April 4th reached 35.5 degrees, with March receiving only 1.6mm of rainfall.  Who would have though during the long hot and dry autumn that later that year Seymour would be transformed into a winter wonderland.

 

Friday, July 25 1986 a particularly cold front brought sea-level snow to Tasmania, causing havoc in Hobart, snow fell in the Melbourne CBD with heavy falls reported in the outer suburbs and even heavier falls occurred in Broadford, Kilmore, Avenel and Seymour.

 

Snow began to fall in Seymour around 7:45am Friday morning for about an hour before stopping briefly, around 9:30 a second wave of snow blew across Seymour, by 9:30 roads, gardens and buildings were cold enough that snow settled on everything it fell on. 2 centimetres was reported to have fallen all across Seymour. Heavier falls were reported in some locations around Seymour including Anzac Avenue, Park Street and Goulburn Street, with wind blown snow building up on cars, roads and homes. Higher ground around Seymour received considerably more snow including the Trawool Valley, Highlands and the Tallarook Ranges.

 

The snow in Seymour lasted a day or two at most, while the heavier snow that fell on the hills surrounding Seymour did not melt for a few extra days, transforming the region into an alpine paradise with snow capped hills.

 

Seymour also received snow in August of 1849 and July of 1905, On the morning of Friday 31 August 1849 The Argus reported that heavy snowfall fell in Seymour and while it was common for surrounding hills to turn white during winter the snow in Seymour was described as a phenomenon never seen before, with the towns people erupting in snowball fights, with snowballs flying in all directions. The snow melted by the evening causing the Goulburn River and creeks to flood rapidly. The snow and floods caused major delays to the Melbourne – Sydney mail service.  In 1905 The Age reported snow had fallen again in Seymour, with particularly heavy falls toward the Kobyboyn Hills.

 

Snow is more common close to Seymour than you may first think. Snow has readily been reported in the near by high ground, with Highlands, Upton Hill, Mount Disappointment and the Strathbogie and Tallarook Ranges receiving a few snowflakes each winter. Seymour can often experience wintry showers or sleet during winter but often surfaces are too warm for any snow or sleet to settle. We’ve got our fingers crossed for another snowfall soon!

 

Enjoy photos from the July 1986 snow event below, if you have any photos we would love to see them! please email bruce@exploreseymour.com.au

 

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