Sydneysiders Snowboard In The Streets After Hail Turns Suburbs White
When life gives you hail stones.
Severe thunderstorms swept through parts of NSW on Friday, covering some roads in ice and flooding many others.
Making the best of what could be considered a concerning situation, residents in Campbeltown and Campsie took the opportunity to get in some snowboarding practice.
Amy Peaterson, who snapped her friend Luke Callow taking to the newly formed slopes in Canterbury, said people were "having a ball" following the storm.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning just before 4pm on Friday, advising hail and heavy rainfall may result in flash flooding in Sydney, Gosford, Wollongong, Bowral, Bathurst and Katoomba.
The weather warning remained in place until just after 8pm, at which time BOM advised the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms had passed, but the situation was still being monitored.
The deluge hit hard and fast, dumping 58mm of rain in just 60 minutes at Bankstown, and 45mm in the same amount of time at Milperra.
The rain even flooded Town Hall Station at about 7pm, as water broke through the roof.
Pea-sized hail which pelted suburbs including Zetland, Mascot, Maroubra, Bankstown, Ashfield, Rockdale and La Perouse, left some areas looking as if they had been blanketed with fresh snow.
If you're reading from another state, it's probably best to mention Ashfield is not exactly known for its ski slopes.
Friday night plans were put on hold as commuters battled through traffic which was already mounting following the closure of the Sydney Harbour southbound tunnel at about 2pm due to a motorcycle accident.
As well as flooded roads, public transport commuters were also delayed, with the T1 North Shore Line and Northern Line, T2 Inner West and Leppington Line, T3 Bankstown Line and the T8 Airport and South Line all affected by lightning strikes which damaged equipment at Campsie and urgent track equipment repairs at St James.
But while the weather may have dampened the nights of some, many others have welcomed some of the highest levels of rainfall in several drought-affected months.
Cabramurra, Wagga Wagga and Corowa had their biggest rain in nine months, while Orange and Tamworth received 19mm and 10mm respectively.
A warning was previously issued by BOM for the North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and part of the Northern Tablelands Districts but has since been cancelled.
The rain looks set to keep coming over the weekend in Sydney before clearing up on Sunday.