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Snow and winter rain to bite in the east while it's wet in the west

Wednesday June 9, 2021 - 13:12 EST
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A complex low pressure system is bringing wintry weather to the south-east while a second system is bringing wild weather to the west.  - ABC

Winter is here and it's not messing around.


Flurries of snow have been abundant as a complex area of low pressure is bringing cold and wild weather to the nation's south-east. 


South-western Victoria has already had a drenching with 73 millimetres recorded overnight Tuesday at Mount Sabine.


North-east New South Wales also picked up some handy totals of 30 to 40mm, while parts of South Australia, particularly south-east of Adelaide, also got some follow up after falls on Monday.


According to Sarah Scully from the Bureau of Meteorology, the cold pool is over New South Wales and forecast to push up into south-east Queensland on Wednesday afternoon.   


"We're forecasting that snow to the low levels will redevelop later this afternoon into this evening, once the temperatures start to drop again, and continue into the morning," she said.  


"There's even the potential for snow flurries to occur about the Granite Belt of Queensland." 


Then, of course, there are the usually snowy regions, which are expecting buckets of snow. 


"By the end of the week there may be anywhere between 50 centimetres to one metre of snow for the southern ranges, focusing about those real alpine peaks." 


That's excellent news for those planning on carving up the slopes. 


Heed the warnings


Severe weather warnings are current with damaging winds forecast for elevated, central and exposed coastal regions in Victoria and north-east Tasmania, with gusts of up to 120 kilometres per hour expected.


Heavy rainfall is forecast on Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday for parts of Victoria, with the heaviest falls expected on the elevated areas of Gippsland where accumulated totals could reach 150 to 250mm by the end of the week. 


Flood watches have been issued for most of eastern Victoria and north-east Tasmania, with the potential for minor to major flooding. 


There will be many warnings issued over the coming days, so please keep up to date with weather warnings via ABC Emergency. 


Conditions are likely to be particularly dangerous on the roads so please take extra care. 


What's causing it? 


Ms Scully says a combination of ingredients have created this particularly cold outbreak. 


A cold front that swept across the south-east Monday and Tuesday has coincided with an upper-level trough.


These combined factors have helped develop a large complex area of low pressure, which is expected to intensify into Thursday. 


"That low will direct an onshore flow across Gippsland and pushing up into the ranges there, which is helping to create intense showers and rain." 


So while it's a low around the east coast, Ms Scully said it was different from a typical East Coast Low, which are often associated with heavy rain and damage for NSW. 


"It's important for people to keep an eye out for the latest warnings, but at this stage we're just describing it as a low off the east coast." 


The western front 


To the west, there is a low and cold front causing its own burst of rain and potentially damaging winds, while dangerous surf conditions are forecast to cause significant erosion. 


Ms Scully said the focus of the heaviest rain was expected to be around the Gascoyne and western Pilbara with 50 to 70mm on the cards. 


Further south, totals are expected to be a more modest 15 to 25mm. 


The system is expected to sweep through WA today, clearing tomorrow.


Victoria's rainfall is expected to peak tonight into tomorrow morning and the best chance of snow in Queensland is also overnight tonight.


Showers and wet weather are expected to clear up during the day on Thursday into Friday as the system moves off over the weekend.







- ABC

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