Snow and sleet are expected across Queensland's Granite Belt on Tuesday as overnight temperatures slip into single figures across the state for most of the week.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Shane Kennedy said a sudden cold trough overnight Monday is expected to plunge maximum and minimum temperatures anywhere between two to five degrees below average.
Most locations across Queensland will have their coldest morning of the year on Thursday, with minimums to be in the single digits although at Stanthorpe the mercury could get as low as -1C.
Stanthorpe, which is the heart of the Granite Belt near the NSW border, can expect "snow flurries", Mr Kennedy said.
"On Tuesday morning, there's a chance to sleet and light snow flurries about the peaks of the Granite Belt as cold westerly winds wrap around a low off the NSW coast," he said.
The snow is expected in areas "above 1000 metres" with no snow accumulations expected and it is not expected to last long.
"Even though it will be colder on Wednesday and Thursday, drier air should push in, reducing the risk of snowfall," he said.
Southern Queensland townships, including Stanthorpe, have often received winter snowfalls.
Australian Associated Press