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Wave Of Severe Weather Continues To Wreak Havoc

Australia's capital cities are bracing for strong winds, snow, rain and freezing conditions as weather warnings are issued across the country.

Ferries in Sydney have been cancelled in both directions and weather warnings continue as winds pick up.

The ferries between Circular Quay and Manly were cancelled due to large swells. More rain and strong winds are forecast for this afternoon. Airports are on stand-by.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a trough associated with a Tasman Low is surging up the NSW coast on Tuesday and into Wednesday bringing strong to gale-force southerly winds, high seas and much colder conditions.

Blizzards may develop in the Alps. Snow has already hit Blackheath, Oberon and Katoomba.

Katoomba Station
Snow at Katoomba. Photo: Facebook/ Sydney Trains.

Specific warnings have been issued for Sydney's Eastern Suburbs with gusty winds making driving conditions dangerous. Motorists are advised to take extreme care.

According to the BoM damaging winds with peaks gusts of up to 90/kms an hour are currently lashing the south coast of NSW.

Snow In Tenterfield
Snow has fallen in Tenterfield in northern NSW. Photo: Twitter/Caitlin Crowley.

"Areas most affected by the damaging winds will be the coastal fringes and the higher parts of the ranges. Winds then are expected to gradually ease from the south during this afternoon" according to BoM.

Ferries in Sydney between Manly and Circular Quay were cancelled late on Tuesday morning due to high swells. Buses are replacing Ferry services and commuters are being advised to cancel their tips as large delays are expected.

In Victoria peak gusts to 105 km/h, are forecast across the Alpine region with the highest gust of 102km/h recorded at 4.30am at Falls Creek.

Victorian emergency services are on high alert for fallen trees and loose powerlines. Residents are being urged to move their cars away from anything that could fall onto it and damage it. It's also advised people secure loose items in yards or in balconies.

Victoria Weather
Photo: windy.com

The wind is already being blamed for the collapse of a crane.  The extreme gusts caused the machinery to plummet towards the ground in Dandenong South in Melbourne.

It's unclear if anyone is injured from the crane collapse at this stage.

A woman was rescued from her car after it became submerged in a railway underpass on Monday afternoon. Emergency services managed to save her after waters rose, nearly covering her car windows.

Woman Rescued From Car
A woman was rescued from her submerged car. Photo: Twitter/MBF_News.

Incredibly Queenslanders are waking up to snow as cold air is blasted towards the state.

Granite Belt near Stanthorpe as temperatures are predicted to drop as low as minus two degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology said earlier there was a 20 percent chance the region could see a flurry of snow, which falls so light the snow does not accumulate on the ground

Stanthorpe
The temperature in Stanthorpe on Monday evening. Photo: Facebook/ABC Brisbane

"This is fairly unusual. We do get snow, but the last snowfall was in 2015. It's fairly irregular and infrequent," Bureau of Meteorology Forecaster Lachlan Stoney told 10 daily.

"We have only one confirmed sighting of snow in Eukey, south of Stanthorpe."

Snow was last recorded in Queensland in 2015 and 1984.

Meteorologist Michael Gray said a low-pressure system in NSW pushing cold dry air north from southern areas is responsible for the chilly weather.

Queensland Snow
Photo: BoM Queensland

Queensland's southeast corner is expected to experience below average temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Brisbane, low temperatures of about 7C are expected with the mercury dropping to 9C on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

With AAP

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au