Snow and hail will hit large parts of Australia

Jun 22, 2016 by

Snow and hail will hit large parts of Australia

Snow and hail will hit large parts of Australia

within days, with the white stuff possibly falling on Mount Lofty later this week.

SNOW is likely to fall as far north as Queensland this week as the first major cold snap of 2016 sweeps in just days after the latest east coast low.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting the deep freeze to move into South Australia on Thursday before moving east into Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT and NSW by Friday.

The freezing conditions will develop as a series of rigorous cold fronts sweep in, bringing thunderstorms and hail to much of the south-east, with snow falling on higher ground.

In South Australia, condition will deteriorate late on Thursday, with the chance of a thunderstorm and possible small hail in the afternoon and evening.

There’s a small chance of sleet or snow on the higher parts of the Mount Lofty Ranges on Friday morning as winds turn southerly.

Adelaide will only reach 14C on Friday and won’t go any higher than 15C until at least Tuesday.

Further east in Victoria, the chilly conditions will sweep through in the early hours of Friday, dropping temperatures and delivering hail and snow to much of the state.

Ski resorts can expect up to 60cm of snow from the cold snap, a relief for resort operators who’ve had a slow start to the ski season.

Snow started to fall in all of the major resorts early this morning.

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