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Heavy rain and widespread snow hit Australia's southeast

Ben Domensino, Friday May 11, 2018 - 08:13 EST

Snow settled to low levels in multiple states last night as a pool of Antarctic air swept across southeastern Australia.

In Victoria, flakes were seen falling around Mount Beauty overnight at an elevation which is below 400m above sea level. Higher up the mountains, some of Australia's ski resorts have enough cover for a bit of skiing this morning, after collecting 10-20cm of fresh snow during the last 48 hours.

In NSW, snow settled along parts of the southern and central ranges, including the Central Tablelands, as temperatures plummeted overnight. Oberon, Orange, Essington, Hampton and Ginking all received a dusting of snow with some cover still on the ground after sunrise.

The cold air has also caused a low pressure system to form east of Bass Strait, which is producing heavy rain and damaging winds in parts of Tasmania and Victoria.

During the 24 hours to 8am on Friday, Hobart had received 129mm of rain, most of which fell overnight. This is the city's heaviest daily rainfall total on record during May and the heaviest since 1960 for any month.

Nearby, Mt Wellington's 230mm during the last 24 hours was its highest daily total on record for any month. It also beats any previous monthly total recorded at the site during May.

In addition to the rain, Mt Wellington also registered a destructive wind gust of 132km/h overnight. Other locations that clocked gusts over 100km/h last night included Victoria's Mt William (120km/h) and Cape Bruny (100km/h) in Tasmania.

The deepening low pressure system will cause heavy rain and damaging winds in Tasmania and Victoria today, while damaging winds and hazardous surf will also affect NSW as the system moves north. Visit http://www.weatherzone.com.au/warnings.jsp for the latest warnings.

- Weatherzone

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