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Cold snap brings snow and icy temperatures to New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria

New South Wales holds the record for the coldest morning so far this year as ice blasts bring snow to the high mountains.

Sky News meteorologist Alison Osborne said Australians can expect even colder mornings over the next few days.

Temperatures were below average in some towns, including Dubbo, which recorded -1C on Sunday.

The Canberra resident recorded one at the start on Sunday, and six each in Perth and Hobart.

camera iconPeople are lounging around as the cold weather arrives. NCA NewsWire/Gaye Gerard credit: News Corp Australia

Meanwhile, Sunday morning was slightly warmer in Sydney and Melbourne, with temperatures both hitting 8C and Brisbane and Adelaide hitting 9C.

Osborne said temperatures and snowfall are expected in the next few days in the mountains and higher terrain.

“There are still showers on the rangers and slopes, and cold shifts from the west will hit the coastline, but otherwise most areas are expected to remain dry,” she said.

“Although wind damage warnings are still in effect for the snowy mountains of New South Wales, including the Perisher and Thredbo ranges, high altitude winds are expected around 1100m above sea level.

Meteorologist Alison Osborne of Assignment Freelance Picture Sky News said New South Wales had its coldest morning so far this year.Photo: Sky News Weather
camera iconSky News meteorologist Alison Osborne said New South Wales had its coldest morning so far this year.sky news weather credit: News Corp Australia

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts average wind speeds of 80-90 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 125 kilometers per hour in high mountain areas above 1,900 meters above sea level from late Sunday night.

Winds are expected to ease below warning levels by early Monday afternoon.

Osborne said snow could fall from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning as a cold front continues to form in the southern region.

“The situation where the high pressure is pushing in from the west and the winds still blowing from the south to the southeast will be resolved,” Osborne said.

“So it will be cold, it will be sunny and cold.

“This cold front will bring showers in South Australia from this afternoon (Sunday) through tonight, with showers and light hail in border areas heading into western Victoria.

“Now the system is heading into the Melbourne area, where by tomorrow morning the rains will intensify and the snow levels will drop along with the temperatures.”

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camera iconCyclists enjoy a crystal clear winter morning at Sydney’s Centennial Park. NCA Newswire/Simon Bullard credit: News Corp Australia

Bushwalker warnings are in effect for parts of Tasmania, with low snow warnings continuing on Sunday and Monday.

“As much as 700m of snow is expected late Sunday evening and up to 500m on Monday, so bushwalkers should be careful,” the agency warned.

“These hazardous conditions are expected to occur in parts of the Western and Central Highlands Prognostic Areas.”

Mr Osborne said the snow “will be fairly widespread” across Tasmania.

“Snow, especially in Tasmania, at levels between 700m and 400m, could cause transport disruptions in some parts of the south,” she said.

Meanwhile, residents of Western Australia can expect heavy rain in the next few days.

“Over the next few days, Exmouth Bay and parts of the western Pilbara, including Exmouth and Karratha, could experience some of the heaviest June rains in years,” Osborne said.

Perth will reach a high of 17C on Sunday.

The agency also forecast widespread frost across the coast of New South Wales and Victoria on Wednesday.

https://thewest.com.au/news/cold-weather-continues-to-bring-snow-icy-temperatures-to-new-south-wales-tasmania-victoria-c-11016420 Cold snap brings snow and icy temperatures to New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria

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