Australian towns have been blanketed with snow and wintry weather thanks to a once in 15 years polar blast, as the east coast shivers through the coldest day of the year.
The freak winds and icy temperatures plunged parts of southeastern Australia into sub-zero temperatures and is set to continue all weekend.
Weatherzone’s Brett Dutschke told Daily Mail Australia the ‘strong cold front’ had brought snow to regions as low as 300m above sea level in NSW and Victoria.
‘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,’ he said.
Towns west of Sydney, including Katoomba, Blackheath and Oberon, were treated to spectacular white scenery on Saturday morning.
The strong winds and icy temperatures also brought snow to regional areas around Orange, Goulburn, Bathurst and Jindabyne.
‘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,’ Mr Dutschke said.
The freak weather event saw snow fall across some areas 300m above sea level for the first time in 15 years.
Mr Dutschke explained the low pressure system had ‘been sending cold fronts across southeastern states since Tuesday’.
‘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,’ he said.
‘By tomorrow morning we should see snow amount to more than 20cm in parts of the central tablelands.’
Mr Dutschke said the intense weather would reduce over the coming days but temperatures would remain chilly.
‘Tomorrow is still going to be quite cold, the wind is dying down as well and will be more confined to the ranges and coast of southern and central NSW.
‘The wintry, cold, blowing days will be replaced by frosty nights and mornings,’ he said.
The icy cold front has sent temperatures plummeting to 10C below average.
Canberra experienced its coldest day in four years on Saturday, with a predicted maximum temperature of 7.3 degrees.
Temperatures also plummeted to just 5C at Goulburn, Katoomba, Canberra and Orange, but the strong winds will made it feel more like -3C to -5C.
Sydney’s maximum temperature peaked at a mere 16C with a minimum of 8C and winds of up to 40km/h.
Orange, Batemans Bay, Cooma and Lithgow were also predicted to see snow fall for at least 36 hours over the weekend.
NSW snowfields have issued warnings about the potential for blizzards and avalanches with Perisher reporting 25cm of fresh snow on Saturday.
The State Emergency Service (SES) have also issued a weather warning for New South Wales and warned sheep graziers to protect their livestock.
Further south in Melbourne, temperatures are expected to hover around a cool 11C over the weekend.
In Brisbane, the mercury will reach a maximum 23C, but there will be winds of up to 45km/h.
In Adelaide, there will be rain with minimum temperatures of just 6C over the weekend.
Perth will see some wet weather on Saturday and Sunday.
Temperatures in Hobart will sit at a minimum of just 3C and a maximum of 12C, with rain expected up until Monday.