Snowfall forecast for Saturday ahead of Mt Barker winter storm

Snowfall will begin to fall Saturday afternoon with the start of the snowstorm, with heavy downpours expected across parts of Western Australia.

Key points:The snowstorm is expected to be much more severe than the one in 2016The peak of the storm will hit Western Australia at 3:00pmLocal authorities have issued an avalanche warning for areas of Mount Barker and Gippsland on Friday and Saturday, with a peak of up to 25cm of snow expected in the central and south-west of the state.

A local avalanche warning was issued for Mt Barker on Friday, and a further avalanche warning has been issued for Gipp’sland.

“We’re expecting a very strong downpouring on the Mount Barker side, and we’ll be seeing some of the heaviest downpour conditions around Mt Barker,” ABC meteorologist John Smith said.

“It’s a big area, but it’ll probably be much worse in the lower part of it.”

He said the downpout would not be dangerous for people.

The peak was set to hit at 3pm (AEDT) on Friday.

Topics:weather,alpine-resort,mount-barker-6428,nsw,australiaFirst posted February 04, 2020 14:37:16Contact Sarah SmithMore stories from Western Australia