A blast of cold air from Antarctica has transformed parts of south-eastern Australia into winter wonderlands just before the Queen‘s Birthday long weekend.
Plummeting temperatures has resulted in a widespread dumping of snow blanketing New South Wales, including regions just one hour’s drive west of from Sydney.
The Blue Mountains saw its first dusting of snow for winter on Thursday as Sydney shivered through its coldest day so far this year.
Parks and roads in towns such as Orange and Oberon further west have also also blanketed in white powder.
Tourists flocked to scenic spots across the Blue Mountains and the state’s central-west as winter selfies flooded social media.
Sydneysiders flocked to the Blue Mountains on Thursday for a taste of falling snow. Pictured is Katoomba near The Three Sisters
The state’s northern tablelands have also experienced snow for the first time in a few years in towns such as Armidale and Glenn Innes.
Further falls are expected over the central tablelands and Barrington Tops in NSW on Thursday while at least half a metre of snow is expected to blanket the state’s alpine regions.
The Brindabella Range an hour’s drive south of Canberra has also seen a white dusting, which is expected to hang around until Saturday.
As NSW alpine resorts Perisher and Thredbo in the state’s south get ready for a bumper long weekend with the launch of the ski season, the snow won’t stick around for long elsewhere.
The snow currently blanketing the Blue Mountains, the state’s central-west and northern tablelands is expected to clear up before the weekend.
The NSW Department of Corrective Services sheriff’s officers enjoyed the first dump of snow for the year in Orange four hours west of Sydney
The NSW northern tablelands have also seen snow for the first time in six years but the snow won’t hang around for long. Pictured is a snowman in Glenn Innes on Thursday
‘We’ll see the last of the snow on Friday outside the alpine areas,’ Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Helen Reid told Daily Mail Australia.
Thredbo Resort has reported 60cms snow at the top of the mountain and 25cms in the village in the last 24 hours
Nearby Perisher has also seen 60cm of fresh powder, where photos have emerged of vehicles fully covered in snow.
More snow is forecast in the alpine regions on Friday and Saturday.
Tourists are also expected to flock to Victoria’s alpine ski resorts in the coming days.
However Melburnians will miss out on the fun, restricted to a 25 kilometre radius from their homes when a fortnight-long lockdown is finally lifted on Friday.
‘We’re sad that our friends from Melbourne can’t be here this weekend, and we’ve got our fingers and toes crossed that you can visit soon,’ Falls Creek Resort posted.
Perisher will be inundated with hordes of skiers and snowboarders this long weekend
Victorian alpine resorts such as Falls Creek (pictured) is also ready for a busy June long weekend
FIVE DAY WEATHER IN YOUR CITY
Friday: Min 7. Max 17
Saturday: Min 9. Max 19
Sunday: Min 8. Max 19
Monday: Min 8. Max 19
Tuesday: Min 10. Max. 18
Friday: Min 6. Max 16
Saturday: Min 9. Max 15
Sunday: Min 9. Max 16
Monday: Min 8. Max 15
Tuesday: Min 7. Max 15
Friday: Min 2. Max 13
Saturday: Min 2. Max 11
Sunday: Min 0. Max 13
Monday: Min 0. Max 13
Tuesday: Min 2. Max 13
Friday: Min 18. Max 31
Saturday: Min 17. Max 30
Sunday: Min 18. Max 31
Monday: Min 19. Max 30
Tuesday: Min 20. Max 30
Friday: Min 8. Max 20
Saturday: Min 8. Max 22
Sunday: Min 8. Max 22
Monday: Min 9. Max 22
Tuesday: Min 12. Max 23
Friday: Min 9. Max 17
Saturday: Min 10. Max 17
Sunday: Min 9. Max 17
Monday: Min 10. Max 17
Tuesday: Min 10. Max 19
Friday: Min 11. Max 20
Saturday: Min 9. Max 20
Sunday: Min 8. Max 20
Monday: Min 9. Max 19
Tuesday: Min 6. Max 19
Friday: Min 13. Max 15
Saturday: Min 13. Max 16
Sunday: Min 11. Max 15
Monday: Min 9. Max 15
Tuesday: Min 8. Max 13
Source: Bureau of Meteorology