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A large pool of cold, upper level air surging out of the Southern Ocean will pass over Australia's south-eastern states between Thursday and Sunday.

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A SERIES of cold fronts being driven by a deep low pressure system will cause rain, thunderstorms, snow, damaging winds and possibly even a few dust storms in NSW during the second half of this week.

A large pool of cold, upper level air surging out of the Southern Ocean will pass over Australia's south-eastern states between Thursday and Sunday.

This frigid air mass will cause a complex low pressure system to develop near the surface, which will produce severe wintry weather on multiple days across the state.

Weather warnings are likely to be issued for this event during the coming days.

Snow is likely to reach low levels along the Great Dividing Range from Friday into the weekend, with some areas likely to see snow reaching down to 500 to 600 metres above sea level.

Snow will become heavy in the alps from Thursday into Friday, with around 50 to 100 centimetres of snow likely to fall by the end of Sunday.

It's worth pointing out that this snow will be accompanied by gale force winds in the alps. This mean you should be mindful of the conditions if you are heading into the mountains.

Most of the rain from this sequence of fronts will fall on and west of the ranges.

Some areas in central and northern NSW could see five to 15 millimetres of rain or snow between Thursday and Sunday, while more than 50mm is likely to fall on the southern ranges.

Drier and calmer weather should return at the start of next week as the intense low pressure system moves out into the Tasman Sea.

Be sure to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings during the coming days.

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