Extreme Weather 

Golf Ball-sized Hail Batters Sydney leaving a “Blanket of Snow”

Sydney’s northwest has been belted by a freak hail storm that blanketed streets and yards with thick layers of ice, sending temperatures plunging.

The low-pressure trough started in the Sydney area early yesterday afternoon bringing downpours of rain and hail.

Hail covered some of the city’s west and north west in ice, with the suburb of Schofields worst affected.

Temperature dropped 10C in just 30 minutes, and nearly 200 lightning strikes were recorded in the Sydney basin alone.

Flash flooding was experienced in some areas.

Weatherzone said onshore south-easterly winds flowing underneath an upper-level pool of cold air passing over eastern NSW triggered the intense weather.

Thunderstorms also hit parts of NSW and southeast Queensland, with severe storm warnings in place for damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain.

The Weather Bureau warned there’s more to come Thursday and Friday.

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