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Australia’s town receives snowfall in decades

SYDNEY (Australia): Residents of a town near Sydney have woken up to fresh snowfall on Saturday morning.

According to a report of ABC News, Erica Mann, who moved to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains from the sandy shores of Coogee in Sydney’s eastern beaches two years ago, was ecstatic to find fresh white powder falling in her garden.

She said it was the most snow she had seen there yet.

“I opened the curtains and I could see a huge amount of snow on top of the water tank — it was so exciting,” she said.

Meanwhile Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecasted a weekend of extreme winter conditions.

“It’s amazing. I went up the street … and all the houses are completely covered in snow.”

She said the snow was deep enough for her dog Missy to leave paw prints.

“The funny thing is she came back really briskly,” she said.

Yesterday, destructive winds battered south-east Australia, causing chaos at airports, tearing roofs off buildings and causing a tree to fall onto a car, killing a woman and leaving a child in a critical condition north-east of Melbourne.

A 68-year-old man from South Australia who was skiing with friends at Thredbo in NSW, died when he struck a low-hanging tree branch.

He was unable to be revived and died at the scene, police said.

The BOM has warned NSW to brace itself for “Antarctic winds”, blowing from south of Tasmania, bringing damaging winds and sending temperatures plummeting.

“The winds we saw yesterday are extending further north today and will remain strong and gusty throughout the weekend,” BOM spokesperson Craig Ryan said.