Strong winds, heavy rain and snow lash Australia's east as Sydney's west records wettest morning in 24 years

| 22.05,20. 12:21 PM |

Strong winds, heavy rain and snow lash Australia's east as Sydney's west records wettest morning in 24 years


Snow has begun falling across parts of the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, including at Blackheath and Mt Victoria. (OPSnowChaser)


Temperatures across New South Wales have plummeted causing early snowfalls across parts of the state as a pool of cold air brought strong winds and heavy rainfall overnight and throughout the morning.
Snow was recorded at Yetholme, near Bathurst in the Central Tablelands, and in parts of the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
Dashcam footage captured the dusting of snow in Blackheath and Mount Victoria, not far from the region's iconic tourist hub of Katoomba, which also saw small amounts of snow and sleet.
Further south, there were also small amounts of snow in the alps last night, while other parts of the state's southern ranges were covered in a thick layer of small hail.
A deep low in the Tasman is generating large swells, powerful winds and areas of heavy rain over eastern parts of NSW.
Overnight, the State Emergency Service had 100 calls for help mostly for damaged and leaking roofs.
Wind gusts reached 82km/h at Point Perpendicular and Montague Island this morning, whipping up large and dangerous waves along the coastal fringe, with maximum wave heights reaching 10 metres off the coast of Sydney, according to Weatherzone.
A rain gauge at Tomerong Creek, near Jervis Bay received 83mm of rain during the 24 hours to 9am today.
Other notable totals included 66mm at Little Bay and 55mm at Cronulla in Sydney, while Penrith in the city's west, recorded 42.2mm - its highest daily total in May since 1996.
A severe weather warning remains in place for damaging winds and damaging surf for parts of the Sydney Metropolitan and Illawarra coasts.
The low will maintain showers, blustery winds and dangerous surf in eastern NSW into the weekend before moving offshore early next week.
North of the border in Queensland, temperatures will plunge by up to 12 degrees below average across much of the state today.
It'll be a wet day in South Australia with the wet weather extending across Adelaide along with chilly temperatures and rain likely to remain throughout the weekend.
Showers are easing across Victoria today after two days of wild weather that saw freak storms wreak havoc in Geelong, with some residents describing the conditions as a mini-tornado.
But the rain is expected to return on Saturday with temperatures reaching just 15 degrees.
A one-in-five-year storm is forecast to hit Western Australia this weekend, the rare autumn blast bringing long periods of severe weather similar to a Category Two cyclone.
According to Weatherzone, a tropical low pressure system is developing northwest of the Cocos Islands, a remote territory of Australia off the west coast.
There's a moderate chance it may become a tropical cyclone today, moving southeast to Western Australia at the weekend.
It is not expected to still be classified as a tropical cyclone when it reaches the coast, including Perth, however heavy rain, large swell and high winds are expected on Sunday and Monday.

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