Wild conditions remain a ‘threat’ to the winter weather system

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The Antarctic weather system will head out to sea, but forecasters have warned it has a stinger in its tail that could cause more flooding and cold days.

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This weekend marks the official start of the Australian ski season with COVIDSafe measures at the New South Wales and Victoria resorts….

This weekend marks the official start of the Australian ski season with COVIDSafe measures at the New South Wales and Victoria resorts.

The pool of arctic cold air isn’t done with Eastern Australia yet. Photo: windy.Source:Supplied

The winter storm plaguing eastern Australia is on its way out – but it has a sting in its tail with another burst of rain and snow on Friday.

Large amounts of moisture can fall on watersheds, increasing flood risks 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, but don’t expect it to get warm.

In Western Australia, the rain continues with a separate weather system bringing unstable weather.

Sydney was one of several areas in New South Wales to record their coldest day in decades on Thursday.

In the city, the mercury struggled to reach just 10.3C, the coldest daily maximum temperature in 37 years.

Elsewhere, widespread snow-covered towns dotted the mountain ranges. Half a meter fell on Perisher and Thredbo in the south of the state, with dust in the north, close to the Queensland border.

In Victoria, torrential rains of more than 250mm in places caused trees to fall and led to evacuations as rivers swelled, leading to flooding in Gippsland. Electricity was cut to 130,000 homes. Tragically, a man died in flooding near the coastal town of Woodside.

James Merlino, acting Prime Minister of Victoria, said this morning the « wild weather wasn’t over yet ».

Forecasters have said the winter system may have one last time.

« The low-pressure system responsible will actually move back to the southeast of the mainland before pushing away into the Southern Ocean by the time we reach Saturday night, » Sky News Weather said meteorologist Alison Osborne.

For ongoing coverage of Australia’s weather conditions, tune in to Sky News Weather on Foxtel Channel 601

Traralgon's floodwaters cut off roads and houses.  The unit that five-year-old Ruby shares with her mother Lauren Hope and stepfather Anwar Eid was flooded during the storm.  Photo: David Caird

Traralgon’s floodwaters cut off roads and houses. The unit that five-year-old Ruby shares with her mother Lauren Hope and stepfather Anwar Eid was flooded during the storm. Photo: David CairdSource: News Corp Australia

Flood risk persists for Victoria, Tasmania

On Friday, the churning layer continues to bring heavy rain to eastern Victoria and the south coast of NSW.

« Snow is likely to increase again in the NSW and Victoria and alpine areas, especially on Saturday, » said Ms Osborne.

As the weekend progresses, the impact of the low will diminish. But with possibly another 25-50mm of rain in the coming days, it 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 a few showers on Saturday clearing by Sunday. The maximum in the city should be the mid-teens with cold temperatures just below 10C.

It will remain wet in the Latrobe Valley this weekend. Heavy rains in Traralgon later today and 10-20 mm Saturday, but the moisture should then go to the ocean. Residents in Traralgon, close to Traralgon Creek, have been advised to evacuate.

“Major flooding is possible from early Saturday morning. About 30-50mm of rain is expected from late Friday and through most of Saturday, with isolated higher totals, » 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 rivers and Traralgon Creek.

in Tasmania, Hobart Friday it will still be soggy with 15-20mm of falls and up to a further 10mm on Saturday with some rain showers on Sunday. In the weekend the temperature rises to 14-15C with minimums around 10C.

There are flood warnings on the rivers Esk and Macquarie and a flood watch on all rivers in the eastern half of Tasmania.

RELATED: The Hotel Parking Lot in Traralgon Fills with Water in 15 Minutes

The pool of arctic cold air isn't done with Eastern Australia yet.  Photo: Windy

The pool of arctic cold air isn’t done with Eastern Australia yet. Photo: WindySource:Supplied

Dryer in NSW and ACT but still cold

« Today dry conditions are returning to New South Wales, » said Ms Osborne.

“By the time we get to noon, we’ll see that rain band shedding toward the coast, with the exception of the southern mountain ranges.

“Clear skies will return, meaning temperatures will rise, but not too much.

« Tempers today are likely to remain below average in southern Queensland and central and eastern NSW – still below 10C across the ranges and below 15C along the coast. »

A dry weekend for Sydney with daytime temperatures reaching 16C on Friday and then 19C on the weekend. The mornings remain cold around 8 degrees.

South coast towns like Merimbula can expect some showers over the weekend.

Glen Innes, which saw snow, will be dry over the weekend but still chilly at 11C with frigid morning depths. Dry also in Katoomba and Orange with maximums of 10C and some fresh dawn.

Highlights of 13C in canberra on Friday and then 11-14C on weekends. The mornings drop to around zero. A cloudy weekend, but the sun can shine over the capital on Sunday.

RELATED: Sydney’s Coldest Day in 37 Years

Alpacas in the snow at Yetholme, east of Bathurst.  Image: Robert Atcheson/news.com.au

Alpacas in the snow at Yetholme, east of Bathurst. Image: Robert Atcheson/news.com.auSource:Supplied

Heavy snowfall is pictured at the Orange Botanical Gardens in central western NSW as the region is blasted with freezing temperatures.  Image: Troy Pearson/NCA NewsWire

Heavy snowfall is pictured at the Orange Botanical Gardens in central western NSW as the region is blasted with freezing temperatures. Image: Troy Pearson/NCA NewsWireSource: NCA NewsWire

Snow on the slopes

The snow will still hit the slopes, which bodes well for the official start of the ski season.

Decent drops in Perisher of 5-10mm in the coming days and possibly heavier in Thredbo. Victoria, Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Mt Hotham expect a week of snow with up to 10mm on Saturday as the mercury struggles to rise above zero.

sunny in Brisbane with maximums of 22C over the weekend, although it gets warm at night when it only gets to 8C.

A cloudy weekend into Adelaide of 16-17C and lows of 9C, but it should stay dry. sunny in Darwin with a maximum of 31C. The minimums are still dragged down by the cooler air dropping to 17C at night.

Rain, storms for Western Australia

In Western Australia, another trough is approaching the coast that could bring more rain.

There could be showers all weekend Perth however, the totals won’t be high – 5mm if they are. There is a chance of thunderstorms Friday and Saturday. Maximum temperatures of around 20C with city minimums of 9C.

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