Dust, thunder, hail, heavy snow, cold temperature and destructive winds of up to 130km/h are on the cards for most parts of Australia over the next few days.
It’s the latest in a series of cold fronts that have brought unsettled and windy conditions, but the next arrival is expected to be the fiercest of the bunch sinking temperatures to as much as 13C below average in places.
“We’ll see winds increase through (Friday) evening,” BOM meteorologist Stephen King said.
“By the time people wake up there will be winds across most of Victoria with destructive winds in Alpine regions up to 130km/h while elsewhere winds gusts of 90 to 100km/h from first thing and right through most of the day.
“That’s what is unusual about this event. That it will be for a significant amount of time — a good 12 hours — and across a really widespread area.”
The cold front is forecast to engulf the majority of the country by Sunday:
And then there’s the dust.
“We had some raised dust in the Mallee a few weeks ago and there is again the possibility that dust could make its way through to Victoria or into Melbourne,” Mr King said.
Things are setting up for a destructive and very wintry weekend.
NSW’s Perisher Valley has recorded 61cm of snow in just the last seven days, with the approaching cold front expected to dump even more over the weekend.
Big blue sky after 49cm of snow since Monday & 61cm in 7 days!
We’re in for an awesome day! pic.twitter.com/m7kfWyvwgo
— Perisher Ski Resort (@PerisherResort) August 8, 2018
An avalanche warning is in place for Victoria as freezing temperatures and wild winds whip the southern state.
More than 40cm of snow fell overnight at Mount Hotham, with the snow base now being 154cm deep.
The “Blizzard of Oz” event late in the 2017 season took Australian snow depth totals to record highs.
Could this be the start of a similar event in 2018?