Up to 40cm of fresh snow has fallen across the resorts in the last 24 hours, just in time for the final weekend of winter.
Earlier in the week the Alps warmed up to spring like conditions with tops of seven degrees in New South Wales and six in Victoria. A vigorous cold front moved through the region on Thursday bringing a return of more winter-like temperatures. As the front swept through it brought strong winds with gusts reaching 96km/h at Falls Creek, a much colder airmass and plenty of moisture.
The cold temperatures and moisture combined to dump ample snow across the Alps. In the New South Wales resorts up to 40cm of fresh snow is being reported in the last 24 hours and 65cm in the last two days. The Victorian resorts are reporting a touch less with up to 24cm in the past day and nearly 40cm in the last two days.
Moderate winds will blow trough the Alps today so stick to the trees for the best and most protected conditions. There will be a few snow showers today which will add another 5cm to recent falls.
Winds will pick up during Saturday afternoon with the approach of another cold front. Winds will average 50-60km/h and will last until Sunday afternoon. This front won't bring the same amount of snow as the Alps enjoyed with the last system to move through but a further 5cm can be expected on Sunday.
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