The winter storm afflicting eastern Australia is on its way out – but it has a sting in its tail with a renewed burst of rain and snow during Friday.
Large amounts of moisture could fall on river catchments exacerbating flood risks in Victoria and Tasmania. Authorities have yrged residents to evacuate parts of Traralgon.
Further north, the weekend should be clear and even sunny in the east, don’t expect it to be warm though.
In Western Australia, the wet continues with a separate weather system bringing unsettled weather.
Sydney was one of many areas of New South Wales to record their coldest day for decades on Thursday.
In the city, the mercury struggled to reach just 10.3C, the coldest daytime maximum temperatures for 37 years.
Elsewhere, widespread snow blanketed towns across the ranges. Half a metre fell on Perisher and Thredbo in the state’s south with dustings in the north close to the Queensland border.
In Victoria, heavy rain of more than 250mm in places saw trees come down and sparked evacuations as rivers swelled leading to flooding in Gippsland. Power was cut to 130,000 homes. Tragically, a man died in floodwaters near the coastal town of Woodside.
Talking this morning, Victoria’s Acting Premier James Merlino said the “wild weather was not over yet”.
Forecasters have said the winter system could have one last hurrah.
“The low pressure system responsible will actually hook back towards the southeast of the mainland before pushing away into the Southern Ocean by the time we reach Saturday night,” Sky News Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said.
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Flooding threat remains for Victoria, Tasmania
On Friday, the swirling low will continue to bring heavy rain to eastern Victoria and the NSW south coast.
“Snow is likely to ramp up once again across the NSW and Victoria and alpine areas, especially on Saturday,” Ms Osborne said.
As the weekend progresses the influence of the low will lessen. But with potentially another 25-50mm of rain over the coming days that means there is a “real threat” of more flooding in eastern Victoria and northern Tasmania, Ms Osborne added.
Relatively dry in Melbourne on Friday with some showers on Saturday clearing by Sunday. Maximums in the city should been the mid-teens with chilly lows just below 10C.
Remaining wet in the Latrobe Valley this weekend. Heavy falls in Traralgon later today and then 10-20mm on Saturday, but the moisture should then head off to the ocean. Residents in Traralgon close to Traralgon Creek have been advised to evacuate.
“Major flooding is possible from early Saturday morning. Around 30-50 mm of rainfall is expected from late Friday and across most of Saturday, with isolated higher totals possible,” a statement from Vic Emergency said.
There are numerous flood warnings for Victoria’s east and central areas including the Thomson, Yarra, Latrobe, Mitchell and Werribee rivers and Traralgon Creek.
In Tasmania, Hobart will still be soggy on Friday with 15-20mm falling and up to a further 10mm on Saturday with some patches of rain on Sunday. Temperatures will reach 14-15C on the weekend with lows hovering around 10C.
There are flood warnings on the Esk and Macquarie rivers and a flood watch on all rivers in the eastern half of Tasmania.
Drier in NSW and ACT but still cold
“Dry conditions are returning to New South Wales today,” said Ms Osborne.
“By the time we hit the afternoon, we’ll see that rain band pushing off to the coast, with the exception of the southern ranges.
“Clear skies are set to return which does mean temperatures are on the up – but not by too much.
“Temperatures are likely to remain below average today across southern Queensland and central and eastern NSW – still below 10C across the ranges and below 15C across the coast.”
A dry weekend for Sydney with daytime temperatures reaching 16C on Friday and then 19C on the weekend. Mornings will continue to be cold at around 8C.
South coast towns such as Merimbula can expect some showers on the weekend.
Glen Innes, which saw snow, will be dry on the weekend yet still cold at 11C with freezing morning lows. Dry also in Katoomba and Orange with 10C maximums and some chilly dawns.
Highs of 13C in Canberra on Friday and then 11-14C on the weekend. Mornings will dip to around zero. A cloudy weekend but the sun may peek over the capital on Sunday.
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Snow on the slopes
The snow will still hit the slopes, boding well for the official beginning of the ski season.
Decent falls in Perisher of 5-10mm over the next few days and potentially heavier in Thredbo. In Victoria, Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Mt Hotham are looking at a week of snow with up to 10mm on Saturday as the mercury struggles to get above zero.
Sunny in Brisbane with maximums of 22C across the weekend although wrap up warm overnight when it will reach just 8C.
A cloudy weekend in Adelaide of 16-17C and lows of 9C but it should remain dry. Sunny in Darwin with highs of 31C. The minimums are still being dragged down by the cooler air dipping to 17C overnight.
Rain, storms for Western Australia
In Western Australia, another trough is approaching the coast which could bring more rain.
Showers are possible all weekend in Perth however the totals won’t be high – 5mm if that. There is the possibility of a thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday. Maximums temperatures of around 20C with minimums in the city of 9C.