Forecast issued at 4:30 am EST on Thursday 26 May 2016.
A cold front over southeast Australia will move through central and southeastern parts of New South Wales on today, and the far northeast early Friday. A low is then forecast to develop southwest of Victoria on Friday and extend a second cold front over New South Wales later Friday and into Saturday as it moves east. A high pressure ridge will strengthen from the west in the wake of the second front, with a high pressure centre moving over the state by late Sunday.
Forecast for the rest of Thursday
Rain, clearing from the west during the day, and developing over the far northeast later. Rain more likely over the western slopes and adjacent ranges. The chance of a thunderstorm west of the Divide. Snow above 1800 metres about the Alps, lowering to 1400 metres by evening. West to northwesterly winds, shifting southwesterly across western and southern districts. Large and powerful surf conditions along the northern half of the coast, easing during the morning.
Friday 27 May
The chance of showers over the northern parts of the slopes and plains during the morning. The chance of showers over the southern inland and adjacent ranges, more likely in the afternoon and evening. Snow showers above 1300 metres over the southern ranges. West to southwesterly winds, freshening in the east.
Saturday 28 May
The chance of showers over southern and central districts, more likely about the southern slopes and adjacent ranges. Snow above 1200 metres over the southern and central the ranges. Fresh northwest to westerly winds, tending southwesterly in the west.
Sunday 29 May
Slight chance of showers over the southern slopes, adjacent ranges and the far south coast. Snow above 1200 metres over the far southern ranges. Dry and mostly sunny elsewhere. West to southwest winds, freshening in the east.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EST Thursday.