Alpine snow could fall later this week as Australia’s south east is hit with its first real “cold snap of the season”.
The “strong cold front” is forecast to cross the NSW and Victorian alps late Wednesday and Thursday, Weatherzone said.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said the system will bringing showers and hail to the southern states, as well as snow.
In its weekly forecast, the BoM website shows Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart’s morning temperatures will plummet to 9C on Friday.
The rain is expected to start over the alps tomorrow night, Weatherzone said.
“(It will turn) to snow Thursday morning when the low-level cold air arrives,” Weatherzone said.
A further cold front arriving over the weekend will then maintain snow showers.
“The coldest air looks like being over the region Friday morning, when the snow level could briefly drop to 1100m.”
The frost will truly be felt in Canberra on Friday, which will shiver through a morning low of 1C.
The wintery forecast comes as north eastern Australia marks the start of its dry season.
“Warm and dry conditions” will be felt across the north this week, according to BoM.
Melbourne: It will be partly cloudy in Melbourne. A maximum temperature of 21C will be felt.
Canberra : A maximum temperature of 19C will be felt in the nation’s capital. It will be mostly sunny.