THIS massive swirling beast is the reason large parts of south-eastern Australia are experiencing a day of complete weather chaos.
Snow is falling to low elevations and winds continue to lash much of Victoria and parts of South Australia and New South Wales.
The cause of the extreme weather is a big, beefy low pressure system currently hovering over Bass Strait, which is directing wild south westerly winds and frigid air over the Australian mainland. As you can see, it looks a lot like a tropical cyclone with its intense swirl.
The winds are as strong too. Gusts of up to 130km/h have been experienced in alpine areas, which is the same as a Category 1 or even a Category 2 cyclone.
The storm is even causing some of the effects normally associated with cyclones, such as flooding caused by wind-generated storm surges. The Yarra is said to be breaching its banks now.
- Fen (@FenstarDeLuxe) June 24, 2014
Meanwhile, Melbourne has experienced wind gusts up to 100km/h which have caused chaos on Port Phillip Bay.
- Martyyyyyy (@MartyHawksiano) June 24, 2014
Trees have fallen across the city, blocking several train lines.
This guy is responsible for the Belgrave line suspension. pic.twitter.com/LfkIlZxo4e
— Metro Trains (@metrotrains) June 24, 2014
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And of course, our story on the megablizzard is here. As we’ve reported, the current snowfalls on the Australian Alps are part of a weather system which appears set to deliver near-record snowfalls for several days to come.
Weather conditions in Melbourne and surrounds look set to abate overnight as the low moves east, but this thing isn’t done yet, and we’ll keep updating you this afternoon with the latest info and transport updates.
- 3AW Melbourne (@3AW693) June 24, 2014
Here’s something added to the mix which Melbourne REALLY didn’t need.
- Trevor Long (@trevorlong) June 24, 2014