Snow as bitter cold snap hits

Snow has fallen and parts of NSW will experience the first frost of the winter season this weekend as a result of cold night-time temperatures.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects maximum temperatures to generally drop into the single digits and mid-teens on Friday with gusty westerly winds exacerbating the chill.

 

Fresh snow has fallen at Thredbo and is expected to continue over the coming days with up to 40cm in the forecast. Picture: Thredbo
Fresh snow has fallen at Thredbo and is expected to continue over the coming days with up to 40cm in the forecast. Picture: Thredbo

 

Southern Australia is getting an early taste of winter. Picture: BOM
Southern Australia is getting an early taste of winter. Picture: BOM

 

Meteorologist Helen Kirkup says around 80mm of rain fell around the Snowy Mountains region until 9am on Thursday with similar amounts expected on Friday.

Snowfall was recorded through the alpine region on Thursday and is expected to continue over the coming days, reaching into the southwest slopes and the Southern Tablelands.

 

Fresh snow has fallen at Thredbo with more on the forecast and more significant snowfall in the next 24 hours. Picture: Thredbo
Fresh snow has fallen at Thredbo with more on the forecast and more significant snowfall in the next 24 hours. Picture: Thredbo

 

Ms Kirkup said cold temperatures in Sydney will continue into the weekend but the rain should clear on Saturday.

"We're going to see this front moving out into the Tasman and behind that we'll see a high-pressure ridge start to strengthen across the region," the meteorologist said in a video shared by the weather bureau.

"With the skies clearing and this cold air mass, the night-time temperatures are going to start dropping so that we will see frost developing by Saturday night." A severe weather warning is in place across southern NSW for Friday, as damaging westerly winds and gusts are expected to develop.

 

Fresh snow has fallen at Thredbo with more on the forecast and more significant snowfall in the next 24 hours. Picture: Thredbo
Fresh snow has fallen at Thredbo with more on the forecast and more significant snowfall in the next 24 hours. Picture: Thredbo

 

Blizzards are predicted for alpine areas above 1800 metres.

Marine wind warnings have been issued for the Illawarra, Batemans, Coffs, Macquarie, Hunter, Sydney and Eden coasts on Friday.


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