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Plunging temperatures and snow for NSW as cold snap crosses NSW

Wednesday June 9, 2021 - 05:31 EST
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More than 50cm of snow is predicted to land in Thredbo by Sunday. - ABC

Brace yourself NSW. The cold weather is here.

A cold snap is crossing the state and bringing with it snow and plunging temperatures, with some areas expected to be more than 10 degrees Celsius below average for this time of year.

The Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) senior forecaster Jordan Notaro said the icy front, which crossed the southern coast last night, was likely to bring snow to a broad section of the state, including the central and northern tablelands.

He said it will include areas like Oberon, Orange, Barrington Tops, the Blue Mountains, Guyra, Armidale, and Glen Innes.

[TWEET]"And particularly those areas of the northern tablelands which typically don't see snow very often, it is going to be translating also into some quite hazardous driving conditions over the coming days," he said.

"And that's going to be mainly slippery conditions on the roads, and potentially areas of black ice."

Snow was already spotted falling over the Snowy Hydro last night.

Today also saw snow scenes at Thredbo, where temperatures sank to 7.3C, the mountain village is expecting up to 50cm of snowfall by the end of the week.

Greater Sydney is not expecting significant conditions but some showers in the evening and into Thursday have been forecast.

In the Upper Hunter, snow also began settling in the Barrington Tops National Park, with up to 25cm of snow expected to collected over the next day.

At an elevation of 1,400m, snow isn't uncommon but access to the national park is limited due to road damage near Gloucester from the March floods.

Farmers near Moulamein, 350 kilometres west of Wagga Wagga, found themselves in the middle of a hailstorm late yesterday afternoon.

Lesley Gray has lived in there for most of her life and has never seen anything like it.

"We get hail sometimes but never that heavy," she said.

Ms Gray drove about 4km out of town to capture the moment.

"I couldn't believe it. I'd gone into Moulamein, they'd had a bit of a hailstorm out there, which wasn't much.

"I thought, I'll just go out and see if our blocks had any rain, and that's when I came across it, about 4 kilometres out of Moulamein."

Ms Gray said rain was welcome, but they were desperate for more.

A dry and sunnier outlook has been predicted for Sydney before the long weekend.

Sydney is set for a high of 16C today but is expected to drop to 14C tomorrow.


© ABC 2021

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