Probably the most iconic photo of the night, Melissa Batterham's
Probably the most iconic photo of the night, Melissa Batterham's "snowman in Newtown".

STORM: Snowman in spring and other amazing photos

AMAZING photos have emerged in the wake of a massive storm that swept through Toowoomba last night.

Hail fell amid flashes of lightning as rain drenched parts of the Garden City.

Toowoomba residents were quick to document the storm with one highlight being a "snowman" in Newtown.

The snowman was posted by Melissa Batterham and has a strong resemblance to Baymax, the healthcare robot star of Big Hero 6.

The first indication that a massive storm was coming came in the early afternoon, when the sky turned a freakish purple.

The rumbling of thunder was heralding a big hail storm.

Tara Walker posted a video of hail piling up after being funnelled through a down-pipe and it quickly went viral.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Paech said the hail and rain fell in isolated areas, mostly localised on the eastern Darling Downs.

He said the bureau had predicted a possible thunderstorm.

The combination of two things; a surface trough in the area and cold air in the upper atmosphere led to the rain and hail.

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The bureau's official figures were of 3mm of rain in North Toowoomba and 0mm at the Toowoomba Airport.

Annemarie Manners said she didn't get any hail and only a bit of rain in Harristown.

Darryl Spies said he didn't even get any rain in Glenvale Rd.

Staicee Jackson's photo of the storm about 10 minutes before it hit Toowoomba.Photo Contributed
Staicee Jackson's photo of the storm about 10 minutes before it hit Toowoomba.Photo Contributed Contributed

But in other places like Harlaxton there was a torrential, if short, downpour.

Samantha Cornell said there had been a lot of heavy rain at Centenary Heights.

Sue Droney also reported heavy rain at Rangeville near Picnic Point.

The storm as it approached South Toowoomba.Photo Grant Rolph
The storm as it approached South Toowoomba.Photo Grant Rolph Grant Rolph


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