SEVERE weather warnings for damaging winds were issued by the Bureau of Meteorology this afternoon for parts of Australia. The damaging winds moved through eastern NSW, ACT, and elevated Victoria. Strong to damaging winds have eased across South Australia and Tasmania, with winds expected to ease in Victoria and NSW in the afternoon and during Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, in the the south-east, wet and windy conditions were being experienced, with the coldest weather we've seen so far this year, and strong winds making it feel much colder than it is. Lower-elevation locations like Mt Macedon, Trentham and Ballarat in Victoria and Oberon, Bathurst and Lithgow in NSW all experienced snow. The Brindabellas near Canberra also saw snow. Some Apline ski resorts like including at Mt Hotham, Thredbo and Perishe saw snowfalls of 20-30cm, although the winds have led to blizzard conditions. Moderate showers are expected along the southern coastlines of Victoria and Tasmania for the remainder of Wednesday, which will begin to clear into Thursday. Large wave and swell conditions have been observed for parts of the south-east and eastern coastline and a Hazardous Surf Warning is in effect for the central NSW coast. Rain and cold conditions are expected for most parts of Australia in the following days and into the weekend. Strong winds are not expected, although snow is possible above 1300 m. There is the potential for strong to damaging winds about the coast and elevated areas, especially on Saturday night in SA, and Sunday in Victoria and parts of south-east NSW. Maximum temperatures will stay below average for the remainder of the week.