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Wild winds pummel Australia alps

Ben McBurney, Saturday August 17, 2013 - 13:47 EST

Intense winds have battered the Snowy Mountains as a vigorous cold front crossed the region, with the peaks seeing gusts up to 150km/h.

The wild winds whipped up just ahead of the front on Friday, creating blizzard conditions, before easing slightly in its wake.

At Thredbo, winds averaged more than 100km/h for a three and a half hour period between 8pm and 11:30pm. At 9:30pm, there was a gust of 150km/h, the strongest in eight years for the station.

In Victoria, winds were just as destructive. Mount Hotham copped a gust of 141km/h at 8:30pm, its strongest in a year and a half, while Mount Buller recorded a 137km/h gust, its strongest in a year.

The intense winds will continue until at least Monday, with warnings remaining in place for the Snowy Mountains and Victorian Alps throughout the weekend.

Thankfully, the winds will be accompanied by some good snow, with 20-40cm likely by Tuesday morning.

- Weatherzone

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