The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has advised residents and visitors in Australia’s southeast portions to brace for a winter blast that could send temperatures to zero or even below.
The agency forecast a series of cold fronts that will hit the state starting Friday and will continue affecting the region over the weekend. Large parts of Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania could experience temperatures falling to zero or below, along with bitterly cold winds and hail.
Temperatures are expected to fall on Saturday in Adelaide and Melbourne, while those in Sydney will feel the bite on Sunday.
Weatherzone said as much as 600 meters of snow could fall, benefiting ski resorts in Victoria and NSW. “This weather system could benefit snow enthusiasts with more snowfall expected in the Alps well into next week,” Barry Hanstrum, BoM NSW Regional Director, said. Some NSW and Victoria resorts could receive over 50 centimeters of snow.
Adam Dent, NSW State Emergency Service (SES) commissioner, reminded residents and vacationers that while it could be enjoyable in the snow, it still brings some hazardous effects. He urged motorists to be extra cautious as heavy snow makes roads slippery and impassable.
“Snow can bring down trees and branches, blocking roads and damaging property, so take the opportunity ahead of forecast snow to trim overhanging trees and branches,” he said.
People should also prepare an emergency kit with battery-powered torch and radio, he added. Don’t forget to stock up on food, fuel, medicine and other essential items.
Dent advised motorists to delay non-essential travel.
“These showers will at times and in some places contain small hail and combining with the bitterly cold and strong winds will add to an already exceptional chill, making the actual temperature feel as much as five degrees colder,” Weatherzone says.