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Cold snap delivers snow to alps and windchill to Sydney


Scenes from Oberon during a heavy snowfall this morning on the NSW Central Tablelands.

Scenes from Oberon during a heavy snowfall this morning on the NSW Central Tablelands.Credit:Photo Nick Moir

Snow fell around the southern regions and on the alps, which have picked up about a metre of natural snowfall over the past week, Ms Boettger said.


“Places around Orange also picked up good snowfall with about 10-20cm of precipitation falling in that area likely as snow,” she said. “There were some dustings likely also around higher parts of the Blue Mountains.”

Dangerous alpine conditions were reported in Kosciuszko national park with snow and ice on the roads around Oberon, Canberra and Clarence.

Jenolan Caves Road and O’Connell Road between Beaconsfield Road and Oberon were both closed on Saturday due to snow and ice. As of Saturday night, the road remains closed for vehicles wider than 3.5m.

The Blue Mountains towns of Katoomba, Blackheath and Mount Victoria all saw snowfall.

One of the best snowstorms this season has brought blizzard conditions at times to the ski fields of Perisher and Thredbo which are expected to record 100 centimetres of snowfall between Friday and Sunday night.

Snow falls in the Blue Mountains.

Snow falls in the Blue Mountains. Credit:Nick Moir

Thredbo added 30 centimetres of fresh snow and Perisher had 25 centimetres fall in their gauges during the 24 hours to Saturday night. More snow is predicted to fall.

The snow was also falling in the hills near Queanbeyan on Saturday with Canberra’s temperature plummeting to 3.3 degrees on Saturday night.

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