Twenty million Australians shiver as Arctic storm brings snow, floods, storms and damaging winds

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Twenty million Australians will shiver all week when an Arctic storm brings damaging winds, frigid temperatures, torrential rain, flooding and huge piles of snow.

The east and south of the country will bear the brunt of the wild weather, with parts of NSW expected to experience the heaviest amount of snow in six years.

Harmful wind warnings have been issued off the coast of Victoria and South Australia, stretching from Falls Creek near the NSW border to Port Lincoln, west of Adelaide.

Major flood warnings have also been issued for the Gippsland region of Victoria and parts of the Northeast.

Blizzards will hit New South Wales and can be seen as a ‘major winter storm’ across the country from Tuesday into northern Queensland.

Australians are in for a miserable week with predicted cold temperatures and large amounts of snow

Australians are in for a miserable week with predicted cold temperatures and large amounts of snow

Most of Australia is waking up to the cold on Wednesday with NSW and the ACT seeing temperatures up to 10C below average

Most of Australia is waking up to the cold on Wednesday with NSW and the ACT seeing temperatures up to 10C below average

Most of Australia is waking up to the cold on Wednesday with NSW and the ACT seeing temperatures up to 10C below average

The wild weather is being brought on by a powerful cold front pushing up from the Southern Ocean on Monday, with high winds giving way to rain, thunderstorms and small hail, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

For NSW and the ACT, temperatures in areas such as the Northern Plateaus will drop as much as 10C below average in the coming days.

Heavy snowfall of approximately 20cm is expected in the Northern Tablelands, Central Tablelands and Southern Ranges from Wednesday and Thursday.

Forecasters have warned that as much as 100cm of snow could fall in the Alpine regions of Victoria and New South Wales over the next 10 days.

Snow is likely to fall as low as 800m and can fall as far as 500m, including areas in NSW such as Oberon, Orange, Armidale and the Blue Mountains.

Melburnians face a cold and miserable week with heavy rain forecast and temperatures to reach a maximum of just 16C.  reach

Melburnians face a cold and miserable week with heavy rain forecast and temperatures to reach a maximum of just 16C.  reach

Melburnians face a cold and miserable week with heavy rain forecast and temperatures to reach a maximum of just 16C. reach

In the photo: a cold front moves over the east coast of Australia on Monday.  From Tuesday it will be freezing temperatures in the country

In the photo: a cold front moves over the east coast of Australia on Monday.  From Tuesday it will be freezing temperatures in the country

In the photo: a cold front moves over the east coast of Australia on Monday. From Tuesday it will be freezing temperatures in the country

Heavy rainfall is also expected in northern NSW and southeastern Queensland – at least a month of rain in just two days each year.

BoM senior meteorologist Sarah Scully told Daily Mail Australia that the heaviest rainfall appears to be concentrated in eastern Victoria and the coastal areas of southern NSW and adjacent inland areas.

“Potential precipitation totals could exceed 100mm, with Wednesday and Thursday being the wettest days,” she said.

Snow can also be seen in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, while thunderstorms with a chance of hail will also sweep across the state.

A severe weather warning has been issued in Victoria for damaging winds around the southwest coast and western mountain ranges.

Flooding is expected in the northeast of the state and in the Gippsland region during Wednesday and Thursday.

In northern Queensland, locals living in the south east of the state can experience wind gusts of up to 110 km/h, with snow also on the way for the Queensland-NSW border.

Pictured: A woman enjoying the snow at Perisher, in southwestern New South Wales.  The region is getting more snow this week

Pictured: A woman enjoying the snow at Perisher, in southwestern New South Wales.  The region is getting more snow this week

Pictured: A woman enjoying the snow at Perisher, in southwestern New South Wales. The region is getting more snow this week

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Western Australia has a wet and miserable week ahead.

From Wednesday, heavy rains of up to 100 meters are possible for coastal areas along the west coast, including suburbs such as Denham and Mardie.

More isolated waterfalls of up to 65mm are expected to flow between Exmouth and Karratha on Thursday.

For the capitals, Sydney has a rainy end to the week with temperatures reaching a maximum of 14C on Thursday.

Melbourne will also be hit by heavy rain for the rest of the week, with the mercury only rising to a maximum of 16C.

The maximum temperature in Hobart will reach just 11C this Wednesday and Brisbane will reach 18C.

In Adelaide it will hit 14C on Wednesday and people in Canberra will be shivering all day with temperatures of 9C.

Residents of Perth will see storms develop on Thursday with scattered rain on Friday and Saturday, while people in Darwin will experience low temperatures of just 22C and sunshine.

WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY

Sydney

Wednesday: 9C, Max: 16C

Thursday: 7C, Max 14C

Friday: 7C, Max: 17C

Saturday: 9C, Max: 19C

Sunday: 10C; Maximum: 20C

Melbourne

Wednesday: 7C, Max: 13C

Thursday: 9C, Max: 15C

Friday: 10C, Max: 15C

Saturday: 11C, Max: 15C

Sunday: 9C; Maximum: 15C

Brisbane

Wednesday: 13C, Max: 18C

Thursday: 8C, Max: 18C

Friday: 8C, Max: 19C

Saturday: 8C, Max: 20C

Sunday: 8C; Maximum: 21C

Darwin

Wednesday: 22C, Max: 32C

Thursday: 20C, Max: 31C

Friday: 18C, Max: 30C

Saturday: 18C, Max: 31C

Sunday: 19C; Maximum: 31C

Hobart

Wednesday: 9C, Max: 11C

Thursday: 8C, Max: 13C

Friday: 9C, Max: 14C

Saturday: 11C, Max: 15C

Sunday: 11C; Maximum: 14C

Perth

Wednesday: 10C, Max: 18C

Thursday: 12C, Max: 22C

Friday: 11C, Max: 22C

Saturday: 9C, Max: 20C

Sunday: 9C; Maximum: 19C

Adelaide

Wednesday: 8C, Max: 14C

Thursday: 9C, Max: 16C

Friday: 8C, Max: 16C

Saturday: 9C, Max: 18C

Sunday: 11C; Maximum: 19C

canberra

Wednesday: 1C, Max: 9C

Thursday: -1C, Max: 10C

Friday: 2C, Max: 14C

Saturday: 1C, Max: 13C

Sunday: 2C; Maximum: 15C

Source: Bureau of Meteorology Australia

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