Batten the hatches, rain is on the way
THE Stanthorpe region is expected to miss the worst of the severe weather heading to southern Queensland but stands to receive some much needed rain.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gordon Banks said coastal areas would bear the brunt of the strong upper trough but it could lead to heavy rainfall and flash flooding as far inland as Warwick.
“We can expect heavy falls beginning tonight... which will move across the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and should arrive in your neck of the woods early tomorrow morning maybe around daybreak with rainfall for the next few hours,” Mr Banks said.
“I think it’s mainly going to be moderate rain with patches of heavier rainfall associated with some thunderstorm activity wrapped up in the cloud band,” he said.
“Stanthorpe is right on the edge of the Severe Weather Warning area and not as likely to experience flooding but it’s not completely out of the question.”
Hail is not anticipated and rainfall should begin to clear from Saturday afternoon.
While there could be some residual drizzle or cloud cover on Sunday morning Mr Banks said that should lift and become sunny with a dry westerly wind and several days of sunshine and cooler mornings to follow.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.