Rain and snow set to target southern NSW

Rain and snow set to target southern NSW | Weather In Focus


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The air could be cold enough for snow to reach down to about 1000 metres above sea level on Friday night and Saturday morning in central and northern NSW.

The air could be cold enough for snow to reach down to about 1000 metres above sea level on Friday night and Saturday morning in central and northern NSW.

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A series of cold fronts will cross south-eastern Australia this week, bringing blustery winds, rain and snow to parts of NSW.

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A series of cold fronts will cross south-eastern Australia this week, bringing blustery winds, rain and snow to parts of NSW.

The first in this series of fronts swept over the state's south on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

This system prompted warnings for damaging winds along parts of the central and southern ranges and coastline.

The next, stronger front will pass over NSW on Friday and Saturday, pushing further north and causing more widespread rain and snow to fall.

While the rain was mostly confined to the southern slopes and ranges of NSW with this week's first front, showers are likely to reach further north with the next system.

Showers should develop the state's central slopes and ranges from Friday night and could extend to parts of the Northern Tablelands on Saturday.

The air could be cold enough for snow to reach down to about 1000 metres above sea level on Friday night and Saturday morning in central and northern NSW.

Snow could fall even lower than this in central NSW on Saturday morning, if the air mass stays cold enough and combines with ample moisture.

Further south, snow could reach around 700 metres above sea level in the southern ranges on Saturday morning.

However, blustery winds ahead of the front are likely to cause dangerous winds across the mountains on Friday.

This week's fronts are bringing a resurgence of snow in the alps, following a string of stagnant weeks during June and early July.

The natural snow depth at Spencers Creek, located between Charlotte Pass and Perisher, has hovered around 30 to 50 centimetre during the past five weeks.

This week's series of fronts could help push the snow depth towards the one metre mark for the first time this season.

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