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Where is it snowing? South-east Australia wakes from a wild winter's night

Thursday June 10, 2021 - 07:33 EST
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Households in New South Wales have woken under blankets of snow.  - ABC

Australia's south-east has endured a wild night of winter weather with high winds, heavy rain and widespread snow.

The weather has been the result of a fierce low pressure system following a cold air mass from the Southern Ocean which came up earlier this week.

Orange is now looking decidedly white after waking under a heavy blanket of snow.

Orange City Council Mayor Reg Kidd said the fall looked to be the biggest since at least 2015.

?I just love the snow ? it?s beautiful,? he said.

"I've got a brand new dog here and I couldn't get him out of the shed!

"He was just sort of stood there mesmerised, I had to drag him out but he's having a wonderful time running around in it now."

But with the snow have come power blackouts. 

Close to 1,200 homes and businesses are without power in and around Orange after around 15 centimetres of snow fell in the city.

Essential Energy has said it is investigating the outages, which has left around 265 customers without power at the village of Cargo, just outside the city, and 1,026 properties blacked out in the CBD.

Several roads were also closed. 

Cabonne Shire Mayor Kevin Beatt, called on locals to "only travel on the roads if you have to at this stage, until they improve?.

Despite the downsides the snow brings does have its plusses.

"All I can say to everyone is enjoy it, I'm quite sure all of us want to get out and build a snowman," Cr Kidd said.

"We'll have good coverage on Mt Canobolas for quite a few weeks I would suspect."

The Blue Mountains also received a dusting, much to the delight of Jenny Owens and her family from Penrith who are on the search for snow.

"They all said, 'Let me out of the car Mum!'" She said.

"This is great, they?re all having a ball.

"We're going to keep driving over the mountains, stop at some more snow and see what happens."

Wind and rain in Victoria

People near Traralgon Creek in Gippsland have been urged to evacuate the area to escape rapidly rising floodwaters, after a wild storm wreaked havoc across Victoria last night.

In a warning issued at 10:30am, authorities it was "strongly recommended" that anyone living, working or holidaying in the Traralgon Creek area leave immediately.

The Bureau of Meteorology had predicted the level of Traralgon Creek could reach a peak similar to that experienced in the 2012 flood event.

The State Emergency Service is rescuing people from their cars in Traralgon where flash flooding and major flooding on the Traralgon Creek was inundating low lying areas of town.

The Traralgon plaza underground car park is inundated with water, with some vehicles trapped.

Storm damage is widespread through Gippsland, with 303 calls to the SES and more than 10,000 homes without power.

In the 24 hours to 9am 241 millimetres hit the gauge at the Thomson-Yarra Divide, 170mm at Licola, 134mm at Stringybark Creek. Further south Mt Tassie recorded 267mm. 

Then there was the wind. 

Wind gusts of more than 120km/h caused havoc in Victoria. 

Gusts of 124 km/h were recorded at Hogan Island and and 115km/h at Wilsons Prom, Gippsland.

More than 233,000 homes and businesses were left without power as the storm brought down trees and powerlines across Victoria.

In metropolitan Melbourne, more than 30,000 people were left without power.

The SES said it had received more than 3,600 calls for assistance, more than 1,000 of them since midnight.

Conditions are expected to die down over the day but there are still some strong winds around this morning.

Chilly, but no snow in Queensland

Tourists had flocked to Queensland's Granite Belt in the hope of seeing snow, but the weather bureau is warning the chances are marginal.

A cold front is sweeping through Queensland with below zero temperatures recorded this morning at the localities of Wellcamp, Kingaroy, Blackall, Clermont, and Biloela.

There was even ice on car windshields in usually tropical Bundaberg this morning.


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