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A State Of Ice And Fire: Pictures Show The Insanity Of NSW Weather ATM

On the first day of summer parts of NSW were blanketed in snow, while others experienced severe fire danger as the state battled both extremes.

Thick snowfall transformed parts of southern NSW and ACT into a winter wonderland.

In Perisher Valley in the Snowy Mountains, ice has blanketed the slopes after three centimetres of snow fell overnight, a Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said.

Amazed residents and holiday-goers have taken to social media to post photos of the snowy scenes.

Heavy snowfall in Perisher. Image: Instagram/ sarahforsd

"Um, sorry ... I ordered summer?," one user wrote on Instagram.

"Perisher Valley this morning in the depths of **checks calendar** summer," added another.

Perisher will shiver through a maximum temperature of one degree today, before temperatures drop to -3 tonight, according to BOM.

BOM has issued a warning that there's a risk of sheep being lost to the freezing conditions in the ACT and Snowy Mountains.

Perisher will reach a maximum of one degree today. Image: sarahforsd/ Instagram

Meanwhile, in other parts of NSW, dry and gusty conditions will elevate fire dangers in the Far North Coast, Greater Hunter and New England, according to the Rural Fire Service.

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Fire Emergency Warning As Out Of Control Fire Jumps Highway

It's just the second day of summer, but the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has labelled the 2019 fire season one of the worst faced by emergency personnel. 

An emergency warning is in place for the Currowan Fire which is burning north of Batemans Bay.

The fire has already claimed 11,500 hectares and is spreading quickly towards the east.

A fire burning in the Blue Mountains. Image: Twitter/Cr Brent Hoare

In Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, another blaze is burning at Watch and Act after incredible photographs were captured of the fire last night.

A total fire ban remains in place in NSW after weeks of catastrophic bush fires.

Firefighters working on the Currowan bushfire along the Princes Highway in Austinmer. Image: AAP

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