Snow lovers are rejoicing as snow begins falling in the Snowy Mountains and Victorian Alps, with days of snowfall to come.
Snow began falling across the peaks today due to a low pressure system off Australia's southeast coast. The low is driving cold and moist southerly winds across the Alps, allowing snow to gradually descend.
By Saturday morning temperatures will have dropped further with snow falling as low as 1400 metres at times. Each day from Saturday to Tuesday a few centimetres is likely at most of the resorts with the chance of 5-10cm on one or two days. Most of the slopes will pick up 15-30cm by Wednesday.
Beware heading onto the slopes on Saturday and Tuesday in particular as winds will be strong at times, blowing snow and reducing visibility. Conditions will be better on other days, but care should still be taken with blustery winds still a chance.
This is not the first snow of the season, but recent rainfall washed away the majority of snow with only man made snow on the slopes. This persistent snow will help resorts create a base for the season.
From Wednesday the low will move away from the coast, with wind easing and snow showers clearing. Thursday and Friday will be the pick of the days for skiing and boarding with frosty mornings and mostly sunny days.
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19:48 EST A large and powerful easterly swell is filling in along the east coast of Australia.