COLD SNAP: Rebecca Howse and 16-month-old Cooper Howse rug up to watch Cooper’s father Matty Howse play for Roma against USQ in the Risdon Cup at USQ at the weekend.
COLD SNAP: Rebecca Howse and 16-month-old Cooper Howse rug up to watch Cooper’s father Matty Howse play for Roma against USQ in the Risdon Cup at USQ at the weekend. Nev Madsen

Freezing weather strikes Toowoomba

THE weekend cold snap is set to stick around today before the region soaks up some much-needed rain by week's end.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Andrew Bufalino said today was tipped to be the coldest of the year so far before conditions warmed up by the weekend.

It follows a frigid weekend of biting winds and plummeting mercury with Toowoomba proving colder than its Southern Downs counterparts.

Toowoomba hit a minimum of 4.3 degrees yesterday while Applethorpe reached 4.4 degrees.

Oakey was colder again with a minimum of 0.1 degrees recorded by the bureau.

"The cool conditions are expected to stick around for a few days but (today) should be the coolest morning this week," he said.

"Across the region (there is) a ridge of high pressure driving in some pretty dry air mass.

"With moisture increasing mid to late week, we're expecting the minimums to increase."

Stanthorpe was tipped to hit minus five last night with Warwick not far behind with an overnight forecast low of minus three. Toowoomba was forecast to reach two degrees.

Widespread frosts are expected on the Granite Belt and Darling Downs areas.

Mr Bufalino said showers were expected towards the end of the week into the weekend.

"There should be some healthy rainfall at the end of the week and into the weekend," he said.

At 5am this morning it was -1 degrees in Toowoomba, Weather.com recorded.


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