Polar blast sees coldest day in FORTY years as snow hits across three states


Millions of Australians will shiver through the coldest day in 37 years as a polar blast sends snow sweeping over three states, but the sun should reemerge by the weekend.

A pool of cold air from Antarctica swirling over the nation’s south-east on Wednesday night sent blankets of snow and torrential rain over Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

In NSW, the mercury is expected to dip more than 10 degrees below average for this time of year in some places, which is close to breaking minimum temperature records for June.

Sydney will get its coldest day in 25 years with temperatures in manty suburbs not making it out of double digits after the CBD hit just 6C overnight. 

Katoomba, Blackheath and Mount Victoria in the upper Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, saw its first sprinkle of the season on Thursday morning. 

Pictured: Freezing weather sweeping over Australia's east coast early on Thursday morning

Pictured: Freezing weather sweeping over Australia’s east coast early on Thursday morning

Pictured: Snowfall in Oberon, in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales, on Thursday

Pictured: Snowfall in Oberon, in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales, on Thursday

Pictured: Snowfall in Oberon, in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales, on Thursday

Significant snowfall is expected across the state, including in the Northern Tablelands for the first time in almost six years.

Snow has already landed in regional NSW, including in Orange in the state’s Central West, and Oberon in the Central Tablelands, for the first time in six years.

Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain told Daily Mail Australia that further falls are expected over the central tablelands and Barrington Tops on Thursday.

‘About 2cm to 5cm of snow is predicted for those areas on Thursday, but it could be more,’ he said.

About half a metre of snow is also expected to blanket the state’s alpine regions.

Snow has already made landfall in regional NSW, including in Orange in the state's Central West

Snow has already made landfall in regional NSW, including in Orange in the state's Central West

Snow has already made landfall in regional NSW, including in Orange in the state’s Central West

Pictured: A woman posing in the snow on Thursday morning in Oberon, in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales

Pictured: A woman posing in the snow on Thursday morning in Oberon, in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales

Pictured: A woman posing in the snow on Thursday morning in Oberon, in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales

Pictured: A front yard covered in snow in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales

Pictured: A front yard covered in snow in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales

Pictured: A front yard covered in snow in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales

Strong winds and heavy rain forecast for the south coast later this week will add to the chill factor.

Flurries may be seen as far north as Darling Downs, in Queensland’s western slopes, later in the day on Thursday as a record-breaking cold snap sent the mercury plunging to -5.6C in the early morning. 

Temperatures will drop about 10 degrees below seasonal averages in the Sunshine State on Thursday, with low figures of 0.3C recorded in Oakley and -4.2C in Dalby. 

The Granite Belt may be treated to a sprinkling of snow on Thursday on peaks in the Stanthorpe region.

Victoria will also be blasted by the cold weather, but is facing damaging winds and potential flooding as well.

Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said further falls are expected over the central tablelands and Barrington Tops on Thursday. Pictured: snow in Oberon

Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said further falls are expected over the central tablelands and Barrington Tops on Thursday. Pictured: snow in Oberon

Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said further falls are expected over the central tablelands and Barrington Tops on Thursday. Pictured: snow in Oberon

Temperatures should rise by the weekend in Sydney and Melbourne. Pictured: Snow in Oberon

Temperatures should rise by the weekend in Sydney and Melbourne. Pictured: Snow in Oberon

Temperatures should rise by the weekend in Sydney and Melbourne. Pictured: Snow in Oberon

Wind gusts of up to 120km an hour are expected in some places and blizzard conditions are possible about the alpine peaks on Thursday morning.

A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall is also current, with Warrnambool, Bendigo, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne and Traralgon in the firing line.

A flood watch has been issued for Gippsland and parts of north east and central Victoria.

‘It is likely that we’ll see those rivers responding to that significant amount of rainfall, the rivers may remain quite high for a number of days,’ meteorologist Christopher Arvier said.

A flood watch has been issued for Gippsland and parts of north east and central Victoria. Pictured: Snow in central parts of NSW

A flood watch has been issued for Gippsland and parts of north east and central Victoria. Pictured: Snow in central parts of NSW

A flood watch has been issued for Gippsland and parts of north east and central Victoria. Pictured: Snow in central parts of NSW

Snow blanketed parts of Tasmania on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning (pictured)

Snow blanketed parts of Tasmania on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning (pictured)

Snow blanketed parts of Tasmania on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning (pictured)

Flash flooding is also possible across the state.  

A severe weather warning for damaging winds is current for north-eastern parts of Tasmania, and a flood watch was issued on Wednesday evening for the eastern half of the state.

Around 160mm of rain is possible about the northeast coastal ranges.

Minor or moderate flooding may develop from midday on Thursday, and flash flooding is also possible.

Sydney will see sunshine and highs of 19 from Saturday, and Melbourne will see patchy rain heading into next week. Pictured: Snow in Oberon

Sydney will see sunshine and highs of 19 from Saturday, and Melbourne will see patchy rain heading into next week. Pictured: Snow in Oberon

Sydney will see sunshine and highs of 19 from Saturday, and Melbourne will see patchy rain heading into next week. Pictured: Snow in Oberon

The weather should begin to clear out by the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology said. Pictured: Mt Buller, Victoria

The weather should begin to clear out by the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology said. Pictured: Mt Buller, Victoria

The weather should begin to clear out by the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology said. Pictured: Mt Buller, Victoria

The weather should begin to clear out by the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology  said.

Sydney will see sunshine and highs of 19 from Saturday, and Melbourne will see patchy rain heading into next week.

The weather in Brisbane will clear with sunshine and highs of 22, Adelaide residents will see a cloudy start to the weekend and people in Perth will see patches of rain.

Darwin will be the nation’s warmest capital city with a maximum of 31 heading into next week, but Tasmanians and people from Canberra will shiver over the long-weekend with tops of 16 and 11. 

FIVE DAY WEATHER IN YOUR CITY 

SYDNEY  

Friday: Min 7. Max 17

Saturday: Min 9. Max 19

Sunday: Min 8. Max 19

Monday: Min 8. Max 19

Tuesday: Min 10. Max. 18 

MELBOURNE   

Friday: Min 6. Max 16  

Saturday: Min 9. Max 15

Sunday: Min 9. Max 16

Monday: Min 8. Max 15 

Tuesday: Min 7. Max 15

CANBERRA  

Friday: Min 2. Max 13 

Saturday:   Min 2. Max 11 

Sunday: Min 0. Max 13

Monday: Min 0. Max 13

Tuesday: Min 2. Max 13 

DARWIN  

Friday: Min 18. Max 31 

Saturday:   Min 17. Max 30 

Sunday: Min 18. Max 31 

Monday: Min 19. Max 30

Tuesday: Min 20. Max 30 

BRISBANE   

Friday: Min 8. Max 20 

Saturday:  Min 8. Max 22

Sunday: Min 8. Max 22 

Monday: Min 9. Max 22

Tuesday: Min 12. Max 23 

ADELAIDE  

Friday: Min 9. Max 17 

Saturday:  Min 10. Max 17 

Sunday: Min 9. Max 17 

Monday: Min 10. Max 17 

Tuesday: Min 10. Max 19 

PERTH   

Friday: Min 11. Max 20 

Saturday:  Min 9. Max 20 

Sunday: Min 8. Max 20 

Monday: Min 9. Max 19 

Tuesday: Min 6. Max 19 

HOBART   

Friday: Min 13. Max 15 

Saturday:  Min 13. Max 16 

Sunday: Min 11. Max 15

Monday: Min 9. Max 15 

Tuesday: Min 8. Max 13

 Source: Bureau of Meteorology



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