Though no longer severe, Australian weather forecasters warned residents in Victoria, NSW and Queensland to brace for more cold weather this week.
Eastern Australia experienced much snow over the weekend. In fact, about 800 meters fell in Victoria and 700 meters in New South Wales.
A deep, low-pressure system is forming in the Tasman Sea, east of Victoria’s Gabo Island. The Bureau of Meteorology said it expects the weather disturbance to move slowly east on Monday and Tuesday. “Damaging winds” and gusts reaching 100km/h have been alerted for the coastal regions of New South Wales and Victoria. East Gippsland is forecast to receive up to 100mm of rain. Flash flooding is likewise possible.
In NSW, damaging winds reaching up to 65km/h with gusts to 100km/h have been alerted for the Illawarra, Central Tablelands, South Coast, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Northern Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains districts.
Although temperatures are expected to go down in Queensland this week, BOM forecaster Sam Campbell said it won’t be enough to create snow for the state. “Temperatures will drop again towards the end of the week… but it doesn’t look as cold as the past couple days … (and) it looks too dry for snow,” he told AAP. Brisbane could experience 4 degrees icy temperatures on Wednesday morning.
Meantime, authorities have opened reopened some roads in the areas, but continued to warn motorists to exercise caution.
“The roads are slowly reopening as the weather improves,” Craig Ronan, NSW SES region controller, said.