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Sydney is blanketed in a thick layer of fog and smoke after freak winter blast

Sydney has been blanketed in a heavy layer of fog, severely reducing visibility and disrupting morning commutes.

The early morning fog is causing traffic chaos in the city’s west and northwest, with motorists unable to see more than 10m ahead on some of Sydney’s busiest roads.

Ferry services have been cancelled as a result of the fog, which has come after a sudden spring thunderstorm brought hail and lightning on Wednesday.

Sydney has been blanketed in a heavy layer of fog, severely reducing visibility and disrupting morning commutes

The early morning fog is causing traffic chaos in the city's west and northwest, with motorists unable to see more than 10m ahead on some of Sydney's busiest roads

The early morning fog is causing traffic chaos in the city’s west and northwest, with motorists unable to see more than 10m ahead on some of Sydney’s busiest roads

Ferry services have been cancelled as a result of the fog, which has come after a sudden spring thunderstorm brought hail and lightning on Wednesday

Ferry services have been cancelled as a result of the fog, which has come after a sudden spring thunderstorm brought hail and lightning on Wednesday

Drivers on the M2 and M7 in Sydney's west have had their visibility dropped to just 10m

Drivers on the M2 and M7 in Sydney’s west have had their visibility dropped to just 10m

The Parramatta to Barangaroo ferry service has been cancelled this morning, a Transport NSW spokesman said.

‘The fog is lifting though so we don’t think it will be long until those services are restored,’ the spokesman said. 

Drivers on the M2 and M7 in Sydney’s west have had their visibility dropped to just 10m, Nine News reported.

Residents in the city’s north-west were shocked to discover their backyards covered in ice, which also blanketed cars, roofs and even trampolines.

Lightning strikes and hail crossed through Sydney in bizarre spring thunderstorm

Lightning strikes and hail crossed through Sydney in bizarre spring thunderstorm

Pictures and videos shared to social media show properties blanketed by the hail, following the spring thunderstorm

Pictures and videos shared to social media show properties blanketed by the hail, following the spring thunderstorm

Residents in Sydney's north-west were shocked to find their backyards covered in hail

Residents in Sydney’s north-west were shocked to find their backyards covered in hail

Pictures and videos shared to social media show properties and streets covered in what initially appears to be snow.

The thunderstorm came amid a temperamental start to spring.

‘As we got into spring, we get these warm days, these cold days, these dry days. It’s not really a settled pattern,’ Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott said.

Ms Westcott said the hail was caused by thunderstorms passing through the Hills district, due to a low pressure trough.

The thunderstorm comes amid a temperamental start to spring where Sydneysiders have experienced a variety of weather

The thunderstorm comes amid a temperamental start to spring where Sydneysiders have experienced a variety of weather

The unexpected white substance resembled snow, covering the properties of Sydneysiders

The unexpected white substance resembled snow, covering the properties of Sydneysiders

There were showers across the city but the heaviest rainfall was recorded in north-west Sydney 

There were showers across the city but the heaviest rainfall was recorded in north-west Sydney 

‘The low pressure trough is also causing thunderstorms elsewhere, so not just for New South Wales but also southern parts of Queensland as well,’ she said.

Most of Sydney experienced showers with the heaviest rainfall was recorded in the north-west.

Eight millimetres of rain was recorded in Baulkham Hills and 28mm fell in Kings Langley.

Temperatures dropped to eight degrees as the thunderstorm ripped through The Ponds, Kellyville and Rouse Hill.

Weatherzone Meteorologist Kim Westcott said the hail wasn't uncommon as it can hit at anytime of the year

Weatherzone Meteorologist Kim Westcott said the hail wasn’t uncommon as it can hit at anytime of the year

Ms Westcott explain Sydney’s spring weather as ‘up and down’ with ‘showers and storms one day and clear and beautiful the next’

'Those long stretches of sunny days haven't quite hit us yet,' Ms Westcott said

‘Those long stretches of sunny days haven’t quite hit us yet,’ Ms Westcott said

‘There was nearly 200 lightning strikes, when the storms were occurring, most of that was just around that region (Hills region),’ said Ms Westcott.

There are severe storm warnings in place for southeast Queensland and northern parts of NSW as some areas are urged to prepare for damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain.

Ms Westcott said the hail wasn’t uncommon as it can hit at anytime of the year, but she drew attention to Sydney’s changing weather conditions.

The morning fog is expected clear to a mostly sunny day for Sydney, with a maximum temperature of 21C. 

Sydneysiders have experienced a variety of temperamental weather, including warm and dry days and thunderstorms

Sydneysiders have experienced a variety of temperamental weather, including warm and dry days and thunderstorms

There are severe storm warnings in place for southeast Queensland and northern parts of NSW as some areas are urged to prepare for damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain

There are severe storm warnings in place for southeast Queensland and northern parts of NSW as some areas are urged to prepare for damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain



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