NSW and Queensland are warning of frostbite after an early morning storm brought dangerous conditions across the state.
Key points: Rainfall totals are forecast to exceed 2.5m in some parts of NSW and up to 1.5 million in parts of ACTSource: Bureau of MeteorologyRainfall is forecast to reach more than 2.7m across parts of the state from Friday evening until Sunday morning, with the rain likely to reach up to one metre in some areas, the Bureau of Weather Station reports.
“Rainfall amounts over the next few days will be quite heavy and this will be accompanied by a significant amount of frostbitten areas across the ACT and NSW,” the Bureau said in a bulletin.
“This could cause serious frostbite in some people.”
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a “snow storm watch” for NSW and Northern Territory and issued an advisory for NSW’s Central Coast.
The NWS issued the snow storm watch on Thursday afternoon.
“We do have the possibility of snow and hail in the NT, with a high probability of flash flooding,” the agency said.
“The NSW is advising the public to remain vigilant and to exercise caution in these areas.”
It is expected that the weather system will continue to move across parts and the NWS is keeping a close eye on the weather systems developments in these regions.
“As we move through the night and early morning, we’ll continue to monitor the system closely for snow, hail and wind gusts,” it said.
Snow storms have caused widespread damage in NSW and other parts of Australia, with thousands of homes and businesses damaged.
More than 500 people were injured in a winter storm on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The state is expecting a further snow storm on Sunday, but the Bureau is warning people to be vigilant.
“A significant amount will fall overnight in NSW, the main area is likely to be on the NSW-Queensland border,” the NSW said.
“In the NT it will be more of a snowstorm and the most significant snow is likely on the NT-Victoria border.”
It’s not the first time a snow storm has hit the state this winter.