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Best snow of the season

Ben Domensino, Monday August 7, 2017 - 10:42 EST

Four days of snow have transformed Australia's alps and there is more fresh powder on the way today.

A series of cold fronts and low pressure systems have caused snow to fall in the mountains each day since Thursday. As of 9am today, around 40-80cm of new natural snow has been recorded across the main ski resorts in Victoria and NSW, although some areas in the alps are likely to have seen higher totals than this.

The rain gauge at Perisher in NSW recorded 78mm of precipitation between Friday and this morning. As temperatures were below freezing the whole time, this roughly equates to 78cm of natural snow.

The most recent cold front in the series produced the heaviest snow of this event. Some areas in the alps picked up around half a metre of natural snow during the 24 hours to 9am today, with snow rates approaching 5cm per hour at times.

This latest front has also dragged a pool of particularly cold air into NSW, where it started producing snow down to about 1200m above sea level on the state's Central Tablelands this morning. Snow could fall to about 1000m above sea level in the region later today or tonight.

The weekend's snow was also accompanied by gale force winds, which lead to blizzards at times. Thredbo Top Station recorded a wind gust of 133km/h on Saturday night, which was its strongest gust in over a year.

Another 10-20cm of natural snow will fall today before a high pressure ridge brings drier and calmer weather to the snow-covered alps from tomorrow. Tuesday and Wednesday will be perfect days to hit the slopes.

- Weatherzone

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