Antarctic Winds Trigger Rare Snowfall Across Southeast Australia

SYDNEY—Antarctic air reaching Australias south east triggered snowfall down to low altitudes across several states on Saturday, with many people out enjoying the rare event despite wild winds and heavy snow that closed some roads.

Pictures of snowy towns and landscapes across New South Wales (NSW), Victoria, the Australia Capital Territory and the island state of Tasmania flooded social media as locals rushed to capture the surprise early spring snowfall.

“Weve seen light #snow make it to #Canberra today, and yes even heard a few rogue flakes landed on Parliament House,” in the nations capital, the Bureau of Meteorology said in a Twitter post.

Weve seen light #snow make it to #Canberra today, and yes even heard a few rogue flakes landed on Parliament House. The capital has managed to crawl to 7.5, but with wind chill never felt warmer than zero https://t.co/so4UUlYivQ
If that stays as max itll be coldest since 2016 pic.twitter.com/EThnDsRpTQ

— Bureau of Meteorology Australian Capital Territory (@BOM_ACT) August 22, 2020

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