| 08.08,19. 05:17 PM |
Wild weather set to sweep south-east Australia
Heavy snow is expected in Perisher in NSW as well as other ski resorts. (Supplied Perisher)
Damaging winds are set to hit parts of eastern and southern Australia along with plummeting temperatures as winter bites.
The first blast of a giant winter storm has hit the mainland, with damaging winds, snow, hail and heavy rain forecast for eastern states later this week.
Dual cold fronts are set to move across the country, starting in South Australia tomorrow, prompting several days worth of weather warnings for Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and the ACT.
Some parts of Victoria are bracing for flash floods, hail and damaging winds stretching through to the weekend, with wind gusts of up to 120km/h and dumps of rain measuring up to 15mm.
"It's certainly going to get quite cold, something to brace for, maximum temperatures on Friday and Saturday in particular will be the coldest couple of days," the Bureau of Meteorology's Steven McGibbony said of the outlook for Victoria.
Across those two days temperatures in parts of Melbourne are forecast to peak at just 10C.
Alpine regions in Victoria and NSW will dip below freezing and blizzard conditions are expected.
Heavy snowfalls is forecast across the Victorian Alps and the Thredbo and Perisher resorts in NSW with skiers and snowboarders told to expect falls of 50 cms to 100 cms later in the week.
This is expected to lead to blizzard conditions on higher ground, while snow is also expected at lower levels in places such as the NSW Central Tablelands.
Canberra's peaks might get some snow, along with the regional centre of Armidale.
"The cold air will extend up through NSW right across the weekend, with fairly widespread damaging winds, including Sydney, Wollongong and populated parts of the east coast," spokesman Michael Logan said.
Several severe weather warnings are in place.
Southern parts of South Australia will be most severely impacted tomorrow by damaging winds, and decent rainfall for the Mount Lofty ranges.
Other states can expect to feel the brunt of wild weather right across the weekend, with temperatures not due to rise until mid-next week.
Temperatures are set to plummet on Friday with Melbourne forecast for a maximum of 10 degrees, Sydney 16 degrees, Canberra 8 degrees, Adelaide 11 degrees and Hobart 10.
In Victoria emergency services have issued a warning to take care outdoors and on the road.
Drought affected parts of inland NSW and Victoria can also expect good levels of rainfall later this week.
Brighter and slightly warmer weather early next week will bring some respite when a high pressure system moves through south eastern states.