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Snow as good as it gets on Australian Alps

Brett Dutschke, Wednesday June 25, 2014 - 16:51 EST

As much as 40-to-100 centimetres of fresh snow has fallen across the Alps in the last few days and there is plenty more to come.

Strong wind and snow showers will ease during the next few days and snow showers should clear during Friday as a high pressure system takes over. From Saturday an intense low, similar to the one which brought the recent dump, will sling a few strong cold fronts across southeastern Australia during the following few days, bringing heavy snow, very strong winds and blizzards to the Alps.

Most snow should fall on Saturday with some resorts a good chance to gain more than 50cm, most likely Mt Hotham/Falls Creek. On Sunday snowfalls will generally ease but there is still potential for a further 50cm or more, most likely Thredbo/Perisher. Snow showers and wind will ease during Monday before snow clears during Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving the slopes with as much fresh powder as you get at this time of year.

By this time next week there is a fair chance for one-to-one-and-a-half metres of fresh snow lying on the slopes.

There are signs of warming during the following week, so it is encouraged to get amongst it before too much snow melts. It might be a while before decent snow returns.

On the bright side, the melting snow will flow downstream for days to come, rejuvenating rivers. The Murray and Murrumbidgee may still be flowing fast well into next week.

- Weatherzone

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