Australia’s east coast cold front brings spring snow and freezing gusts of wind


After a welcome heat wave yesterday morning, parts of the NSW east coast and the Victorian Highlands experienced heavy snowfall and overnight storms, brought on by a trough, cold front and a pool of cold air in the east of the country.

While the spring cold front provided decent late-season discharge to snowfields with a 15-20cm drop at major resorts, areas outside of the mountains also felt cold in the air.

The people of Sydney and Melbourne woke up to a frosty morning, with gusts of wind staying cool well into the afternoon as well.

Snow has also fallen in southern New South Wales at levels well below the mountains. (Weather zone / Provided)
Snow in Orange, NSW
Orange was covered. (Provided)
Snow in Orange, NSW
Snow is expected to spread to northern parts of New South Wales later today. (Provided)

Residents of Marysville, Victoria woke up in their backyard under a blanket of powder as snow was also recorded in southern New South Wales, well below the mountains.

Mount Hotham recorded 13 centimeters overnight, but the cold system is now expected to head north towards the northern highlands of New South Wales later this afternoon, where more snow could potentially fall.

Snow in Perisher, NSW
Perisher and other resort towns saw a heavy dumping ground overnight. (Provided)
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has confirmed that a tornado has hit Queensland after a severe storm warning was issued for Brisbane this morning

Tornado lands in Brisbane

Frigid conditions are expected to remain along the east coast for the remainder of the week, while Tasmania and South Australia could also feel the cold continue.

Elsewhere, a large high is keeping other parts of the country dry, but gusts of wind from the high could increase the fire danger in northern Australia.

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