PH Snow cover in heavy rain yesterday during an ice storm in Perth, Australia

Heavy rain and gusts of up to 135km/h (87mph) were forecast for the north-eastern state of Western Australia, the state’s weather bureau said. The worst of the weather was expected to hit Perth early this morning, and two extreme weather warnings were issued for the capital and three other states. No localised injuries were immediately reported but winds gusting up to 103km/h were affecting roads in the localised area and damaging thousands of buildings, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said. Forecaster Nick Neate said the snow in the Arnhem Land region was likely to be the heaviest in 30 years.

It is the heaviest snow event in the region for 30 years Nick Neate

He warned that homes and businesses in the area were under a sustained spell of extremely heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. Rain was falling for two hours a minute and strong winds were also forecast for Perth, the bureau said. Mr Neate said the rain in the Arnhem Land region was moving to the west-west by about 9am local time (3pm BST).

Ice rolled off the Nullarbor Plain on Sunday during freezing rain

The northern country region of Victoria is also dealing with a late-winter ice storm that dumped three centimetres of snow and rains on the central part of the state on Sunday. The Snowy Hydro chain of power dams had to be kept offline at dawn when water fell at several plants in the region. It comes as the snow began to melt from the swollen Nullarbor River in North East Australia.

Heavy rain caused a bridge to collapse in Adelaide, bringing traffic to a halt. On Monday, heavy rain brought down trees and power lines causing some cities to be completely shut down. The weather bureau is now predicting that Perth will be hit by heavy rain and hail, before daybreak tomorrow with strong winds and heavy rain forecast in the morning. Many schools in the capital city were closed early on Monday, as schools on Friday and Saturday were closed and the city kept on a boil water warning.

Snow fall after freezing rain from Australia’s Nullarbor River Wed, August 30, 2017 People enjoy a fall of white on the Nullarbor Plain as it finally thaws after months of ice and freezing rain Play slideshow GETTY 1 of 10 A man pictured as snowfall begins in Australia’s Nullarbor Plain