Wild weather delivers early snow

First snowflakes of 20160:58

Winter has arrived at Thredbo with more snow falling overnight and forecast to fall throughout the day

Winter has come early to most Australian ski resorts - including Perisher, pictured above - with snow falling overnight. Picture: Instagram/rgarside

Michael MorrowNews Corp Australia Network

THE weather system responsible for this week’s severe conditions in Australia’s south east has brought an early surprise for ski resorts.

Alpine areas in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania received snow falls overnight, four weeks ahead of the official 2016 opening weekend.

Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass in NSW all recorded a few centimetres with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting more falls today.

Thredbo Top station recorded a chilly minimum of -1.9 just after sunrise.

In Victoria all the main resorts — Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mount Buller — woke to a snowy morning.

Further snowfalls are likely right across the Victorian Alps today above 1400 metres, rising to 1600 metres later.

Snow’s also been reported in alpine regions of Tasmania, including on Hobart’s Mt Wellington, where the temperature at 8am was -0.2.

Mt Wellington recorded a wind gust of 104km/h around the same time.

The cold blast isn’t expected to last long with a warming trend expected for the rest of the week, reducing the chances of follow-up falls.

Thredbo, NSW

Perisher, NSW

Falls Creek, VIC

Mt Wellington, TAS

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