Autumn leaves

AS the final leaves fall for autumn, leaving the once lush trees bare and marking the change of seasons, Cooma residents will be gearing up for the cold frosts of winter.

The snow season is set to begin in just over a week but with a little snow in sight, ski resorts have their fingers crossed for snowfall.

This past fortnight a warm and increasingly humid build up of air across southeastern Australia has created ideal conditions similar to spring than autumn with days warming up to about 20 degrees.

As a low pressure trough and front swept across the region on Tuesday, Cooma experienced powerful winds of up to 89km/h and rainfall of 7.2mm, the highest of the month.

Perisher Valley recorded its biggest fall in over a year with 97mm of rain at 9am Wednesday and powerful wind gusts of 115km/h at Thredbo.

A cut-off low is expected to cross southeastern Australia this weekend which brings the promise of rain, but also the risk of severe thunderstorms.

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