HAIL blanketed Toowoomba like snow yesterday when a severe storm ripped through the city.

An intense 20 minute downpour brought hail and strong winds as well as flash flooding.

Residents in Rangeville received the worst of the hail with yards in the area left covered in a thick layer of ice.

Rangeville home owner David Hilton was home with his two sons when the storm struck and said he had never seen anything like it.

Jamie Phillip Skinner makes a 'snow man' using the hail that blanketed Toowoomba yesterday.
Jamie Phillip Skinner makes a 'snow man' using the hail that blanketed Toowoomba yesterday. Higgins Storm Chasing

"It was a very sudden and very heavy downpour of hail," Mr Hilton said.

"I had to rush out and cover the cars but luckily the hail was only small.

"The boys couldn't believe the whole backyard was covered in hail. They thought it was snow.

"For them it was the closest they had ever come to experiencing snow."

Yesterday's storm's came after eye-catching lightning displays across the Darling Downs on Tuesday night.

Clifton resident Mary Carrow said she was surprised there were no local lightning strikes.

"Just after dinner my husband and I heard a loud crash and went outside to see lightning fill the sky.

"It seemed like it was nearby. I was really surprised nothing was damaged."

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramoure said yesterday's downpour was expected to be the end of the wild weather.

"Cooler air created by an upper low moving through the region was the reason behind the hail storms across Toowoomba," Mr Narramoure said.

"The low freezing level made it ideal for hail and there was certainly plenty of it.

"As the low moves to the east, conditions will clear up with only potential showers expected for the rest of the week."


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