A cold blast of wintry weather is set to hit Australia’s east coast with antarctic winds bringing snow to at least four eastern states by Wednesday.
A wet and windy day was forecast for much of the southeast of the nation with snow and hail in alpine areas caused by a cold front sweeping across the country.
A low pressure trough is also affecting Tasmania and southern parts of Victoria with both states experiencing snowfalls overnight.
One operator in Mount Hotham said on Twitter on Sunday that they had received 25cm, and advised people to fit tyre chains to all vehicles.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster for New South Wales Zhi-Weng Chua said snow was expected from today through to Wednesday in elevated areas of NSW and the ACT including the Snowy Mountains and Tablelands districts to about 1000m.
‘A strong low-pressure system south of Tasmania is bringing air from the Antarctic region up to New South Wales,’ he said.
On Monday, Sydney’s forecast was for a windy and partly cloudy day with temperatures reaching 19C and a slight chance of showers in the afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology said on its website.
Sydney temperatures will drop to 9C overnight with daytime temperatures hovering around 19C until Sunday with possible showers for the weekend.
Canberra is set to shiver with daytime maximums of 10C, showers and winds from now until Wednesday. While daytime temperatures will rise to 16C by the weekend, the nights will freeze with a minimum of -4C predicted for Friday.
Ballarat is headed for a top of 9C today but that is forecast to fall to a chilly 6C by Wednesday as the antarctic blast sets in.
Snow fell overnight in Tasmania with Hobart shivering in 6C temperatures on Monday. It is set to get both colder and windier as the cold front moves across the state with the coldest air to hit by Wednesday.
The Tasmanian snowline is predicted to fall to about 500m by Wednesday with 30cm worth of falls from this cold blast alone.