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Australia shivers in record big freeze

A cold front direct from the Antarctic has transformed parts of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia into a winter wonderland, and shows no signs of easing.

A cold front direct from the Antarctic has transformed parts of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia into a winter wonderland, and shows no signs of easing.
More than 25cm of fresh snow has fallen across alpine regions, while other areas, including the central tablelands, received a dusting of powder turning paddocks, houses, roads and foliage white.
The cold front is forecast to persist for at least another week with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting a few metres of snowfall on ski fields by the weekend.
But while skiers and snowboarders are rejoicing, the icy conditions have spelled trouble for others, closing roads on the final day of school holidays leading to delays and treacherous conditions for thousands of families returning home before the new term begins tomorrow.

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