Major cold front now sweeping Australia.
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria residents are bracing for damaging winds expected to reach blizzard intensity in the Snowy Mountains over the weekend as the country experiences some of its coldest conditions in 15 years.
The temperature plunge is expected to produce up to 50 cm (20 inches) of snow in the NSW ski resorts.
Mick Logan, a meteorologist with the NSW Bureau of Meteorology, said it could be the most impressive widespread snowfall since 2000, with five to 10cm of snow expected down to altitudes of 700 metres in the southern and central ranges, and down to 900 metres in the northern tablelands.
“Probably for much of the week we’ll feel much colder temperatures than average,” said BoM spokesman Francois Geffroy.
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