A major storm is bringing big snow accumulations to Australia.
Resorts in New South Wales and Victoria have reported up to half a metre of snowfall over the past few days, and those totals may almost double by the ends of the weekend.
The heavy snowfall, at times accompanied by strong winds, is the first major dump in the country since the season got underway five weeks ago.
It follows good pre-season snowfalls at the end of May and in early June which led four areas to open up to a fortnight earlier than planned for the season.
There was a warm spell in early June however followed by mostly cold, clear conditions until now.
Perisher has posted the biggest accumulation to date with 54cm since Wednesday,
“Blizzard conditions continued overnight delivering another 25cm of snow and taking our storm total to 54cm since Wednesday,” said a resort spokesperson.
More big snowfalls (20-40cm) are expected over the next 24 hours then 5-10cm accumulations daily through the weekend and in to next week.