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Tornado hits Snowy Mountains
January 20, 2012
A tornado hit the Bredbo region of the Snowy Mountains this afternoon and severe thunderstorms slammed the southern ranges of NSW and the ACT.
A severe thunderstorm warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology just after 4pm carried the information that a tornado had been reported.
The rainfall bucketed down across Cooma during the day, with two separate severe storm cells crossing the town, Alex Zadnik, meteorologist team leader at Weatherzone, says.
Advertisement: Story continues below A total of 45mm of rain was recorded between 9am and 4pm today, with 11mm of this falling in the space of 10 minutes.
The severe thunderstorm activity seen so far today has been triggered by a low pressure trough over southern NSW, combined with high levels of atmospheric moisture.
This low pressure trough will remain slow-moving tomorrow, so there will again be the risk of thunderstorms across much of NSW, but particularly on and west of the Dividing Range.
The trough will weaken and drift westwards on Sunday, reducing the risk of severe storm activity over NSW on this day.