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Storms Bring Flooding to Sydney, Snow to Mountains

A slow-moving storm system produced severe thunderstorms in the Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night leading to flooding, while heavy snow fell in the higher elevations outside the city.

A powerful spring storm system is responsible for the wild weather that has resulted in numerous power outages caused by damaging winds. Sydney Airport reported winds as high as 105 kph (66 mph) during the relentless storms that moved through the area.

Rainfall avered 75-125 millimeters (3-5 inches) south and west of downtown Sydney with rainfall of 25-75 millimeters (1-3 inches) in the city itself through Tuesday evening, local time.

Dangerous conditions are expected to continue across the Sydney area Tuesday night before the rain tapers off on Wednesday. Flashing flooding is the biggest concern; however, strong winds can continue to cause downed trees and power outages.

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Multiple flooding rescues have already occurred according to Sky News Australia.

Delays and cancellations have been reported at Sydney Airport. Despite lengthy delays caused by flooding downpours and extreme winds, the airport remains open.

Just south of Sydney, a wind gust reached 161 kph (100 mph) on Wattamolla Beach.

In the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, a heavy spring snow blanketed the region.

The large storm system responsible for this wild weather will slowly move eastward as rain and thunderstorms taper off on Wednesday.

High pressure will result in largely dry weather across southeast Australia from Thursday through Sunday; however, some showers will be possible late Thursday into Friday near the southern coast of New South Wales and eastern Victoria.