A cold front sweeping across the south of the continent is set to bring plunging temperatures and frosty mornings for parts of the country.
Icy conditions with temperatures down to -2 degrees are forecast for Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning in parts of Tasmania with warnings for damaging winds in Victoria.
In Tasmania, the Northwest Coast, Central North, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and Southeast will see temperatures drop below zero tonight, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Snow has been forecast to fall as low as 700m above sea level in the Tasmanian highlands while Victoria and South Australia are also set to see chilly conditions.
Snow forecast for Victorian alpine areas
Snow is forecast to fall to 1200m above sea level across the alpine ranges in Victoria while a cold front will see Adelaide and surrounding areas hit with rain and cold temperatures.
On Tuesday morning a strong weather warning was issued in Victoria with strong winds over alpine areas expected ahead of today's front, Weatherzone said.
East Gippsland, northeast and west Victoria, and South Gippsland were warned about damaging winds with gusts averaging 50 to 70 km/h and peak gusts of around 90 to 100 km/h possible over alpine areas.
An alert was also issued for drivers in Melbourne with heavy rain forecast on Tuesday afternoon in to the evening, with the weather bureau warning of an impact on driving conditions.
Temperatures are expect to drop sharply in the state this afternoon.
“When that change arrives you’ll see that temperature plummet pretty quickly by about 5-7 degrees,” Weather bureau senior forecaster Richard Russell told News Corp.
Victoria will see the back of the cold front by Wednesday with dry conditions returning and a top of 15 for Melbourne.
Cool weather in Adelaide and Hobart
Adelaide, meanwhile, will see the rain ease slightly on Wednesday with a top of 18 and dry conditions forecast to return for the weekend.
In Hobart, a top of 15 is forecast for Wednesday after a cold start for the state.
In the rest of the country, a trough is triggering showers and a few storms in northeast tropics, with the heaviest rain to be seen on the tropical Queensland east coast.
In West Australia, a separate trough is also bringing rain and a strong wind warning for the Ningaloo Coast and Gascoyne Coast.
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