Wintery snap brings snow and torrential rain
An icy blast has seen torrential rain and hail lashed the southeast of the country bringing flash floods and damaging hail.
Snow has arrived in alpine areas in NSW and Victoria as a wintery blast moves across the south-east of the country.
The icy blast brought torrential rain and hail that lashed the southern states overnight, sparking flash floods and hail damage.
Images from Mt Hotham in Victoria and Perisher in NSW show a thick blanket of white as snow fell on Australia's main ski resorts.
Snow will start to fall lower down the mountains in northeast Victoria and southern NSW later on Thursday and into Friday, likely reaching around 900 meters elevation and possibly getting down to about 700 metres.
Some areas in the mainland alps could see around 30-40cm of fresh snow accumulating by the end of the weekend.
Areas around Spring Vale received 40mm of rain, while the State's Mount Buller recorded 110mm in just 24 hours.
There is still a flood watch in place for the northeast, central and Gippsland regions.
The deluge has caused significant damage in some areas, including a five-metre sink hold in Kew.https://twitter.com/9NewsAUS/status/1255590654559821825?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Overall, the SES received 250 calls for help, most were for building damage caused by this rain.
Melbourne is forecast for another cold and rainy day with a top of 15C before another drop tomorrow with a forecast top of only 12C.
The Bureau of Meteorology has told 9News it is going to feel much colder than 15 because of the wind chill factor.
Heavy hail in Adelaide overnight caused several homes to be flooded and residents were forced to mop up water out of their hallways.
Emergency crews called in to assess building damage with ceilings buckling under the pressure of the rain and assisting residents in shovelling out buckets of hail.
Across the State it looked like a blanket of snow had fallen with roads turned white and people's backyards
Another blast of wintery weather is expected to move through Adelaide this morning, bringing heavy rain again and possible thunderstorms with more hail.
Drivers are being told to take care due to flash flooding and icy conditions.
Temperatures are expected to drop to 15C or possibly lower, making it the coldest April day in 12 years.
New South Wales and the ACT
The cold front is expected to move through central and eastern areas today, preceded by vigorous winds and widespread rainfall.
The focus for the strongest winds and heaviest rain is expected to be across the Southwest Slopes and Alpine areas.
A severe weather warning remains in place for the South West Slopes and Snowy Mountains due to damaging winds.
Sydney had a warm and dry day yesterday however there is a chance of thunderstorms forecast today.
Temperatures are expected to drop more dramatically tomorrow with a top of 16C and a low of 10C forecast for the city.
Canberra is on track for a minimum of just 7C on Friday, which would be the coldest day before winter since 1952.https://twitter.com/PerisherResort/status/1255619652610228224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Shows and gusty thunderstorms are forecast for the south and southeast of Queensland in coming days.
Temperatures are expected to become cooler for inland communities tomorrow and into the weekend.
Brisbane will remain warm with a top of 28C today and however a temperatures could drop to 9C and 0C in parts of the Darling Downs on Saturday.
Showers are forecast around the state today with temperatures gradually dropping over coming days.
Hobart is expected to experience a minimum of 7C today with the cold and wet weather forecast into the weekend.
Other areas including St Helens, Swansea and Launceston will be particularly cold with lows of 4C in coming days.
WA will largely escape the cold front however low temperatures are forecasted in a number of areas including Perth with a minimum of 10C today.
Despite cold morning and evenings, daytime temperatures are expected to remain warm with sunshine around the state today and tomorrow.
Geraldton is expected to reach 27C while some communities could see temperatures above 30C including Carnarvon and Broome, which is forecast to hit a maximum of 38C.
The NT will remain dry and warm in coming days with a top of 35C forecast in Darwin today and remaining warm as the week continues.
Katherine, Borroloola and Tennant Creek are expected to reach a maximum of 35C and above in coming days and over the weekend.