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1949 November 3rd: snow on Mt Lofty and reported at Clare.

November 3rd 1949 half an inch of snow on Mt Lofty and snow also reported at Clare. Polar air brings some extremely low temperatures for November.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Friday 4 November 1949 Page 1.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/35775255

{quoting the snow-relevant part of the article after correcting it on Trove}

BLEAK DAY FOR CITY "Topsy Turvy" November

"In the topsy-turvy weather being experienced over a large part of Australia, Adelaide yesterday suffered its coldest November day on record, Mount Lofty had half an inch of snow, and bleak conditions are reported from New South Wales, Victoria and Canberra. Adelaide's maximum temperature of 57 degrees was the lowest for November since records began in 1870, and the minimum of 42 degrees was the lowest November recording for 25 years. In parts of SA, phenomenal November rain is following the record October falls. Stirling West, which headed the State with 1,068 points last month, has already had 206 points in the past three days.
Adelaide yesterday had sharp showers driven by a bitter south-westerly. The city recorded 35 points of rain to 8.30 a.m. yesterday morning, with an additional 10 points during the day. Since water restrictions were about to come into operation a few weeks ago, Adelaide has had record October rains and in the first three days of November has already recorded 79 points—two-thirds of the average November rainfall. A hailstorm cleared the snow at Mount Lofty shortly before 7 a.m. Clare, where the lowest tem- perature in the State—32 degrees—was recorded yesterday morning, reported light snow and sleet. Minimum temperatures generally were in the low forties. The lowest maximum for the State was 49 degrees at Stirling West. With a maximum temperature of 50.8 degrees, yesterday was the coldest November day at Mount Gambier for at least 32 years. Renmark had its coldest November day on record. Cloudy and cold conditions with further showers and south west to south winds are forecast for today."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35775255
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2616389
APA citation
Snow And Record Cold In S.A. (1949, November 4). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 10, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35775255

... and in another newspaper article ...

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Friday 4 November 1949 Page 1.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/35775257

{quoting the South Australian snow-relevant part of the article after correcting it on Trove}

"Snow In Heart Of City

Light show, which melted before it touched the ground, was observed to fall for about a minute in North terrace at 12.3 p.m. yesterday. Mr. G. H. Eckers, of Brunswick street, Walkerville North, reported seeing the snow while waiting with other men in the doorway of Airways House. One of his companions, an Englishman, confirmed the phenomenon as snow."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35775257
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2616389
APA citation
Snow In Heart Of City. (1949, November 4). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 10, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35775257

Footnote: Re "North terrace at 12.3 p.m. yesterday" 12.3 is what is in the newspaper text reproduced on Trove.

... and in other newspaper articles ...

Snippets from other newspaper articles I found.

In the News:
News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Thursday 3 November 1949 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/130771235

"The bureau chief (Mr. Banfield) said the early summer freeze Adelaide was now ex- periencing was not unusual. Streams of Polar air were the cause."

In the Recorder (Port Pirie)
Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954) Friday 4 November 1949 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/96220683

"Half an inch of snow fell on Mount Lofty summit about 6.30 a.m. today, but a hailstorm had melted it by 7.30."

I was not able to find references to snow falling in any places in South Australia other than the summit of Mt Lofty, Clare and the report from Adelaide verified by an Englishman but not otherwise corroborated. Given that snow was reported at Clare one may speculate whether it fell in some other locations in the Mid-North and southern Flinders Ranges and this simply didn't reach the papers or wasn't reported by the papers.

End of 1949 November 3rd ..." page.

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