Threat of rain and flooding persists, temperatures cool
The winter storm plaguing eastern Australia is about to end – but it has a stinging in its tail with another gust of rain and snow on Friday.
Large amounts of moisture could fall on the watersheds, increasing the risk of flooding in Victoria and Tasmania. Authorities have urged residents to evacuate parts of Traralgon.
Further north, the weekend should be clear and even sunny in the east, however don’t expect it to be hot.
In Western Australia, the rain continues with a separate weather system bringing unstable weather.
Sydney was one of many areas in New South Wales to record their coldest day in decades on Thursday.
In the city, the mercury struggled to reach just 10.3 ° C, the coldest daytime highs in 37 years.
Elsewhere, snow-covered towns covered mountain ranges. Half a yard fell on Perisher and Thredbo in the southern state with dust in the north near the Queensland border.
In Victoria, heavy rains of more than 250mm in places saw trees fall and triggered evacuations as rivers swelled, causing flooding in Gippsland. Electricity has been cut in 130,000 homes. Tragically, a man died in flood waters near the coastal town of Woodside.
Speaking this morning, Victoria’s Acting Prime Minister James Merlino said “the wild times were not over yet”.
Forecasters said the winter system could have one last hurray.
“The responsible low pressure system will in fact move back towards the south-east of the continent before moving away into the Southern Ocean by the time we reach Saturday evening,” Weather forecast meteorologist Alison Osborne said.
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Flood threat persists in Victoria, Tasmania
On Friday, the swirling low will continue to bring heavy rain to eastern Victoria and the southern coast of New South Wales.
“Snow is likely to rise again in the NSW, Victoria and Alpine areas, particularly on Saturday,” Ms Osborne said.
As the weekend progresses, the influence of depression will subside. But with potentially an additional 25 to 50mm of rain over the next few days, that means there is a “real threat” of further flooding in eastern Victoria and northern Tasmania, Ms Osborne added.
Relatively dry in Melbourne Friday with a few showers on Saturday dissipating on Sunday. Highs in the city are expected to be in the mid teens with cold lows just below 10C.
Remaining wet in the Latrobe Valley this weekend. Heavy falls at Traralgon later today, then 10-20mm on Saturday, but the moisture should then move towards the ocean. Residents of Traralgon near Traralgon Creek have been asked to evacuate.
“Major floods are possible from Saturday morning. About 30 to 50mm of rain is expected from Friday evening and through most of Saturday, with higher isolated totals possible, ”a statement from Vic Emergency said.
There are numerous flood warnings for the eastern and central areas of Victoria, including the Thomson, Yarra, Latrobe, Mitchell and Werribee and Traralgon Creek rivers.
In Tasmania, Hobart will be still soggy on Friday with 15 to 20 mm of drop and up to an additional 10 mm on Saturday with a few patches of rain on Sunday. Temperatures will reach 14-15C on weekends with lows hovering around 10C.
There are flood warnings on the Esk and Macquarie rivers and flood watch on all rivers in the eastern half of Tasmania.
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Drier in NSW and ACT but still cold
“Dry conditions return to New South Wales today,” Ms Osborne said.
“By the time we reach the afternoon we will see this band of rain pushing towards the coast, except for the southern ranges.
“Clear skies are about to return, which means temperatures are rising – but not too much.
“Temperatures are forecast to remain below average today in southern Queensland and central and eastern New South Wales – still below 10 ° C in all ranges and below 15 ° C on the coast.”
A dry weekend for Sydney with daytime temperatures reaching 16C on Friday then 19C on weekends. Mornings will continue to be cold around 8 ° C.
Southern coast towns such as Merimbula can expect some showers on weekends.
Glen Innes, which has seen snow, will be dry on weekends but still cold to 11 ° C with freezing lows in the morning. Also dry in Katoomba and Orange with highs of 10C and some fresh albs.
Highs of 13C in Canberra on Friday then 11-14C on weekends. Mornings will drop to around zero. A cloudy weekend but the sun can shine on the capital on Sunday.
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Snow on the slopes
The snow will still fall on the slopes, bodes well for the official start of the ski season.
Decent drops at Perisher of 5-10mm over the next few days and potentially heavier at Thredbo. In Victoria, Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Mt Hotham are forecasting a week of snow with as much as 10mm on Saturday as the mercury struggles to cross zero.
Sunny in Brisbane with highs of 22 ° C throughout the weekend, although hot during the night when it will only reach 8 ° C.
A cloudy weekend at Adelaide of 16-17C and lows of 9C but it should stay dry. Sunny in Darwin with peaks of 31C. The minimums are still dragged down by the cooler air plunging to 17 ° C overnight.
Rain, thunderstorms for Western Australia
In Western Australia, another trough is approaching the coast which could bring more rain.
Showers are possible all weekend at Perth However, the totals won’t be high – 5mm if that. There is the possibility of thunderstorms Friday and Saturday. Maximum temperatures of around 20C with lows in the city of 9C.