NSW and Victoria are getting blasted by extreme cold fronts.


NSW and Victoria are the two states bearing the brunt of these extreme cold fronts, with locals urged to factor in the “dangerous weather conditions” before going outside this weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued severe weather warnings for both states, as damaging winds sweep through both the metropolitan and alpine regions of NSW and Victoria today.

NSW

Duty forecaster, Shuang Wang, told news.com.au the cold front, currently moving through the state, is travelling east, bringing with it low temperatures of 11 degrees in Sydney and zero degrees elsewhere, as well as strong west to south-westerly winds.

Sydney, and regional parts of the state are currently being battered by these vigorous winds, including the Illawarra region, Blue Mountains, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and southern coastal regions.

“We have issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds, which will hopefully ease later in the day,” Ms Wang said.

“Sydney’s metropolitan area should experience major wind gusts until Sunday, when those conditions are expected to ease off,” Ms Wang said.

“This will likely happen on Sunday afternoon and into the evening.”

The BOM has issued a severe wind warning for NSW. Picture: BOMSource:Supplied

The bureau has issued a gale wind warning for the Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans Bay and Eden coasts on Saturday.

According to the BOM, another cold front is expected to clip the southeastern region of NSW on Sunday afternoon, “bringing a resurgence of gusty winds to southeastern districts from Sunday afternoon to early Monday.”

As both cold fronts move across the state, the wind chill factor will make already low temperatures feel much colder, still.

Ms Wang said temperatures have dropped across the state, which is blanketed by the cold front.

“We are seeing a major drop in temperatures compared to the last several days,” she said.

“Tonight we will see a range of locations around the state reach temperatures of below zero degrees.”

Those areas include parts of the southern tablelands and the southern coast.

Sydney will be cold today also, dipping to 11 degrees.

“Tonight will be much colder, with temperatures dropping to 7 degrees,” Ms Wang said.

“But these temperatures will increase on Sunday and Monday is looking at maximum temperatures of 18 degrees, so we will see warmer weather by then.”

Sydney will experience temperatures of 11 degrees tonight. Picture: BOM

Sydney will experience temperatures of 11 degrees tonight. Picture: BOMSource:Supplied

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS

Ms Wang said the alpine region of Sydney is expect blizzard-like conditions, with winds expected to reach 120km/hour on Sunday afternoon.

The blizzards are forecast for areas higher than 1,600 metres, with locals advised not to travel to at risk areas until condition ease.

Locations that could bear the brunt of a blizzard include Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Katoomba, Goulburn, Cooma, Bombala, Thredbo and the Barrington Tops.

“These blizzard conditions are possible for parts of Sunday afternoon and evening, but will ease on Monday,” Ms Wang said.

Thredbo was lashed by wind gusts of up to 115km/hour on Thursday but reported it had 20cm of rainfall and snow overnight.

A report from the snowfields of Perisher recorded 30cm of fresh snow overnight, with the ski resort tweeting that the snow was “still coming down!” this morning.

Perisher is expecting strong north-westerly winds to slam the resort on Saturday and Sunday, bringing with it “a health dumping of snow” and cloud cover.

“Around 30-70cm of the white stuff is expected to fall by the end of the weekend, the most significant snowfall resorts have seen for a long time,” the report siad.

“It isn’t just the next couple of days that will bring snow however, will further falls expected most days over the next fortnight.”

VICTORIA

A separate cold front is expected to move from the ocean, south of the Great Australian Bite, through Victoria tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the state has a current severe weather warning in place with major wind gusts slamming coastal parts as well as the mountains.

BOM Senior Duty Forecaster Chris Godfred said the state’s cold front won’t bring huge amounts of cold air with it, but it will increase the extreme wind gusts and bring with it some rainfall too.

“We’ve had some good rainfall in the alpine region of the state, which is now falling as snow,” Mr Godfred said.

“Current ski reports indicate that good rainfall overnight has lead to healthy snowfall for the weekend.”

Albury has recorded at least 10mm of rainfall this weekend, with records reaching above 20mm “as you get higher up in the hills.”

“There’s even a few stations in the north east of the state which have had over 40mm of rainfall,” he said.

Melbourne’s cold front — separate to NSW’s current cold front — will move through today, bringing with it extreme winds and cold temperatures.

According to Mr Godfred, today will be the coldest day for both Melbourne and Sydney, with Melbourne expecting a top of 15 degrees.

“We also have a gale force wind warning on Port Phillip Bar and the Western Port area,” Mr Godfred said.

Victoria’s cold front has brought healthy snowfall at Mt Baw Baw in Victoria's high country.

Victoria’s cold front has brought healthy snowfall at Mt Baw Baw in Victoria’s high country.Source:News Corp Australia

With the coldest air set to move through Victoria today, Mr Godfred said temperatures will hopefully warm up on Sunday.

“The coldest air is moving across Victoria in the first half of today, so conditions will start to ease this afternoon and overnight,” he said.

“But it will still be windy on Sunday, with a gale force wind warning current for the Base Strait.”

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