AUSTRALIA’S Bureau of Meteorology has issued a series of warnings to sheep graziers in the eastern states with a risk of losses today and over the weekend from cold temperatures, showers, snow and westerly winds.
The warnings come at the approach of a deep low-pressure trough expected to yield winds of more 90km/hr, extreme wind chill conditions and snow at low altitudes over the weekend.
The bureau has warned graziers in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania that there is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to the conditions.
The bureau said the strong cold front will drag cold air from Antarctica, bringing showers, hail, thunder and widespread snow to low levels across many parts of south-eastern Australia. The system was expected to impact Tasmania from last night, with snow levels dropping down to 400m, before sweeping across Victoria and NSW today.
Snow levels are expected to fall to 600m in Victoria and southern parts of NSW, and down to around 1000m in northern parts of NSW. Alpine areas will see blizzard-like conditions at times, with 50 to 100 cm of snow expected by Sunday night.
Sheep weather warnings across four states
NSW sheep graziers have been warned that cold temperatures, showers and westerly winds are expected today and Saturday. Areas likely to be affected include the Northern Tablelands, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, south-west slopes, Riverina, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory, Hunter, north-west slopes and plains, central west slopes and plains, and lower western forecast districts.
Sheep graziers in South Australia are warned that cold conditions, showers, possible small hail and strong west to south-westerly winds are expected to develop today and persist on Saturday. Areas at risk include the Mount Lofty Ranges, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Flinders, Mid North, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper South East, Lower South East and North East Pastoral forecast districts.
Victorian sheep graziers have also been warned that cold temperatures, showers and westerly winds are expected during Friday and Saturday. Areas likely to be affected include the Mallee, Wimmera, north-east, south-west and central forecast districts and parts of the northern country, north central, west and south Gippsland and east Gippsland forecast districts.
Tasmanian sheep graziers have been warned that cold temperatures, showers and north-westerly winds are expected during Friday and southerly winds during Saturday. Areas likely to be affected include the east coast and south-east forecast districts and parts of the King Island, Furneaux Islands and Midlands forecast districts.
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