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Week's second snowfall in southern WA

Ben Domensino, Wednesday July 5, 2017 - 12:56 EST

Western Australia could see its second snowfall in under a week as a blustery cold front crosses the state's southwest today.

The front is producing strong winds, showers and thunderstorms as it passes over the South West Land Division this morning.

A severe weather warning was in place this morning for damaging wind gusts to 100km/h along exposed coastal areas of the South West district. As of 10am WST, wind gusts had reached as high as 93km/h Cape Naturaliste and 87km/h at Cape Leeuwin. Wind will gradually ease in the region as the front moves further east this afternoon.

The system will progress east across the Goldfields, South East Coastal and Eucla districts this afternoon and tonight, where showers and thunderstorms are also likely.

A pool of cold air behind the front may also cause small hail in some areas, while the higher peaks of the Stirling Range could see a flurry of snow from this afternoon.

Today's front may be the second in less than a week to cause snow at Bluff Knoll, located in the state's South Coastal District. Another system brought the peak's first snowfall of the season last weekend.

The top of Bluff Knoll sits just below 1100 metres above sea level. While it's common for the peak to see snow during winter, not all years offer the chance to make Western Australian snowmen twice in the same week.

- Weatherzone

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