Another destructive cold front is sweeping east, exacerbating the risk of flooding across multiple states in southern Australia.

A large area of South Australia, and some elevated areas in Victoria and New South Wales, and north-western parts of Tasmania, are on high alert today with warnings of heavy rain and damaging winds.

It comes as yet another destructive cold front sweeps east.

“Rainfall totals of 10 to 30 mm are likely over a broad area of southeastern Australia on Thursday,” Weatherzone said.

“The heaviest rain will be in central and southern inland NSW and the ACT, where 24-hour totals could exceed 150 mm on and west of the ranges, with six-hourly rainfall rates possibly reaching 50 to 60 mm.”

Severe weather warnings have been issued and multiple flood watches are in place across parts of NSW, north eastern Victoria and northern Tasmania.

Thredbo Ski Resort in NSW has been forced to close lifts due to safety reasons, as the wild weather lashes the alpine region.

The wild winter weather has forced the closure of Thredbo's ski and chair lifts.
The wild winter weather has forced the closure of Thredbo’s ski and chair lifts. (9News)

In South Australia, damaging winds up to 90 km/h will be felt across Adelaide and the Hills.

Forecast wind gust speed and direction at 1pm AEST on Thursday, according to the ECMWF-HRES model.
Forecast wind gust speed and direction at 1pm AEST on Thursday, according to the ECMWF-HRES model. (Weatherzone)

“We are in for a very wet afternoon, particularly in our northern region, around 50-60mm expected up in the Hills,” 9News presenter Jesse Burns said.

“A wet weather warning has also been issued, with a month’s worth of rain expected this week alone, particularly in our northern region with around 50 to 60mm expected around The Hills.

“That’s cause for alarm with potentially localised flash flooding in those areas.”

Senior Meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) Dean Narramore explained the next cold front is “tapping into tropical moisture”, which will cause moderate to heavy rainfall across parts of Victoria and NSW.

“That could lead to another possible flood event for inland parts of NSW,” Narramore said.

“Looking at the rainfall totals we will see light to moderate falls right across WA and SA, but the focus of the heaviest rainfall will be north-east Victoria and south-eastern NSW.”

While rain is easing in WA, large swathes of coastline are being pounded by dangerous surf.
Large swathes of WA’s coastline is being pounded by dangerous surf. (9News)

Residents in WA’s central west to south east corner are being told to stay away from the surf as large swell pounds the coast.

Significant wave heights exceeding 7 metres have occurred in exposed locations, and erosion has been observed along the coast.

a travel warning has been issued as thick fog covers Brisbane this morning.

‘River City’ wakes to white-out as fog swallows city

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