Snow falls in the Mid North at the weekend.

Snow was reported in areas around Jamestown, Hallett, Mount Bryan and Peterborough, with hail and sleet falling across many other parts of the region.

Bureau of Meteorology acting media and communications manager Roelof Hoebee said despite the very cold conditions, no extreme weather records were set in the Mid North at the weekend.

“The weekend’s cold weather and snow event was within the expectations for any one year on average in South Australia, and no new record low temperatures were set during the period,” Mr Hoebee said.

“Snow was reported from several locations in the Mid North including Mt Bryan, Peterborough and Hallett, and flurries also occurred on Mount Lofty.

“The eastern states by comparison, have had significantly more snow and colder weather associated with the same system, and have indeed set new record low temperatures at some locations.”

The BOM reports other recent snow events in South Australia included 1 August, 2014 (snow flurries on Mt Lofty and around Mt Bryan); 9 July, 2014 (extensive snow around Mt Bryan, also reports from Hallett and Burra); 28 June, 2014 (snow around Mt Bryan); and 20 July, 2013 (extensive reports of snow from the Mt Lofty/Crafers area, Murray Town, Hallett and Mt Remarkable).

Belalie North farmer Cameron Goodes said good falls of snow could be seen on his property about 13 kilometres north of Jamestown.

“It snowed for about an hour and left a blanket of snow about 2 inches thick,” Mr Goodes said.

“It was a huge novelty for the kids and they had great fun having snowball fights.”

Jaime and Shaun Clark, from 5km north east of Jamestown, took their children out to see the spectacle also, heading to Brown’s Hill about 10km north east of the town.

“We got up to Brown’s Hill and it was almost blizzard-like at one stage, sleet was coming in sideways and then all of a sudden it just started to float down and started snowing,” Mrs Clark said.

It was the first time Mrs Clark and her children had seen snow, although snow is known to occur in the area every few years.

Mr Clark said he had heard reports of snow along the Mannanarie Hills also, but rain soon after meant it did not last long.

Very cold conditions also greeted sporting teams on Saturday, with some Northern Areas and North Eastern football and netball league teams cancelling some junior games. 

Min-Man Sporting Club chairman Peter Lane said the decision to cancel some of the junior football and netball games at Riverton was common sense in very cold conditions.

“From a netball point of view, that decision was made through NENA (North Eastern Netball Association), who have very strong rules and regulations about weather conditions,” Mr Lane said.

“From a football perspective, the coaches consulted and the decision was made to cancel the sub-minis, while the minis played part of their match before it was called off as a result of bad weather.”

Cold conditions are forecast for the Mid North and other parts of the state to continue through until next week.


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