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Australia Transformed Into Winter Wonderland By Rare Snowfall

Australia Transformed Into Winter Wonderland By Rare Snowfall

From global pandemics to raging forest fires, there's a lot going down in the world right now. The same can be said for Australia, where the southeastern region has been hit by a rare polar blast.

Areas including New South Wales have experienced freak winds and temperatures sinking to 10°C below average, and this drastic weather is expected to last all weekend.

Snow has settled across some areas 300m above sea level for the first time in 15 years, leading to a collection of incredible (and unusual) shots of Australia looking like a winter wonderland.

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One image shows a kangaroo and its joey battling the blizzards, while another shows livestock stood in snowy landscapes.

Numerous towns woke up to the incredible scenery on Saturday (22 August) morning, including Katoomba, Blackheath and Oberon.

Credit: Nine News
Credit: Nine News

Weatherzone's Brett Dutschke told Daily Mail Australia: "Snow was reported in the Blue Mountains but also in other parts of the Central and Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, as low as about 500m elevation."

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He later added: "There were some flurries reported in Canberra this morning and there's been some snow in elevations of about 300m in southern NSW and in Victoria."

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According to Dutschke, the freak weather is a result of the low pressure system 'sending out cold fronts across southeastern states since Tuesday'.

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He went on to explain: "This latest front has been the most intense, not just in how cold the air is but also wind speed, particularly in NSW and also shower intensity and snowfalls.

"By tomorrow morning we should see snow amount to more than 20cm in parts of the central tablelands."

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Credit: Facebook/Peter Kromar
Credit: Facebook/Peter Kromar

In other words, not the kind of weather you'd normally expect from down under.

A number of warnings have been sent out by local authorities about the potential for blizzards and avalanches, while sheep graziers have been told to protect their livestock.

As for anyone who was hoping to make the most of it and go snowboarding or skiing, don't get your hopes up, as most of the resorts are closed due to Covid.

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Just like lockdown, residents are advised to simply hunker down, stay home where possible and wait this thing out.

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Topics: Weather, Australia

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Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]