People in many parts of Victoria and Tasmania woke up to a snow-covered landscape on Tuesday morning as a low pressure system brings a blast of cold air to south-east Australia.
Social media users shared pictures of snowfall across regional Victoria, including several areas including Ballarat, Colac and the Otway, Strzelecki and Dandenong ranges, as well as Tasmania, as snow continues to fall as low as 100 metres.
Amazing look at the #snow that has blanketed Mount Field National Park. Snow to low levels again today. Find out what's happening in your local area: https://t.co/TTgUFxiROv ☃️❄️ #Tasmania #weather— Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania (@BOM_Tas) August 4, 2020
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Check out these awesome snow pictures taken by David Drysdale at Great Lake! Thanks for sharing, David!— Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania (@BOM_Tas) August 4, 2020
There's been reports of snowfall at multiple locations such as Queenstown, Strathgordon, and Perth this morning. #tasmania #weather pic.twitter.com/fSJE26BdC4
Snow in Hobart and southern Victoria - beautiful! pic.twitter.com/fS0iHtVYvD— Blair Palese 🌎 (@blairpalese) August 3, 2020
Diana Eadie from the Bureau of Meteorology says the wintery blast will extend across the south-east with strong winds, frost, hail and snow at low altitudes.
“A complex low pressure system will move to the east and then to the south of Tasmania extending a cold front and numerous troughs over south-east Australia.”
❄Let it snow,❄let it snow❄let it snow!,❄ pic.twitter.com/9Nyqd9XoQ8— Suzie Leach (@saysgrumpysuzie) August 4, 2020
“Icy southerly winds will follow with temperatures plunging to 2C to 8C below average on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Maximum temperatures in the single digits are forecast for parts of Tasmania and Victoria, southern New South Wales and the ACT.”
Melbourne faces its coldest four days in 24 years, according to Weatherzone, and will have to wait until the weekend before temperatures climb back to about 14C.
#Melbourne is about to have a 4-day cold spell that hasn’t been seen in the city since 1996 - the year John Howard was sworn in as Prime Minister.— Weatherzone (@weatherzone) August 3, 2020
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Eadie said there could be snowfall in the hills around Canberra, the Dandenong Ranges, Mt Macedon and Ballarat. Hobart has also seen snow falling on Mount Wellington and snowboarders have ventured up on the roads.
With single-digit highs and strong southerly winds, the wind chill factor will make it feel even colder for those brave enough to venture out.
“Stay safe and stay warm,” Eadie said.
The low pressure system will intensify as it moves further east, bringing damaging winds to the east coast of Tasmania on Tuesday and eastern Victoria and southern NSW on Wednesday, Eadie said.
Did you wake up to a winter wonderland? While #snow levels won't be as low tomorrow, the cold is set to hang around with wind chill making it feel even more frigid. Damaging wind gusts are possible so check the latest warnings at https://t.co/IHCbfLTDQJ pic.twitter.com/0xnPSQJZaw— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) August 4, 2020
While Sydney will escape the worst of the weather front approaching from the south, it would still be unusually cold with strong southerly winds on Wednesday.
Elsewhere in NSW, there’s a strong wind warning on Tuesday for the Illawarra and Eden that will be upgraded on Wednesday to a gale warning for Eden and strong wind warning for Sydney, the Illawarra and Batemans Bay.
Ski resorts are expected to receive some of the best snow falls of the season but blizzard conditions combined with very strong gusty winds and bitterly cold temperatures will limit their operations. Perisher recorded 5cm of snow overnight and is forecasting another 15cm for Tuesday.