Spring snow and much-needed rain across South Coast, but drought continues | VIDEO

As rain fell across the South Coast some areas also received some Spring snowfall. Picture: Events Nimmitabel Facebook
As rain fell across the South Coast some areas also received some Spring snowfall. Picture: Events Nimmitabel Facebook

With one of the state's most severe droughts on record entering its third year, some much-needed rain has fallen across the South Coast.

Cold temperatures overnight Monday also saw areas like Nerriga and Nimmitabel receive a smattering of snow.

Snow falls at Nimmitabel on Tuesday morning. Video: Caine Wilson

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, by Tuesday morning, September 17, Ulladulla had recorded 43.4mm and 38mm was recorded at Braidwood.

Nowra recorded 27.2mm of rain, while Moss Vale recorded 21.6mm and Goulburn 20.4mm. Moruya Heads received 27mm, Narooma 21mm and Bodalla 32mm.

Less rain was recorded further south, with Bega recording 3.88mm of rain, and 5mm recorded at Bombala. Just 2.2mm of rain was recorded at Merimbula. The bureau is predicting further rain over the next week along the South Coast.

With the state's water storage levels the lowest in Australia at just 28.9 per cent, most reservoirs in South East NSW are currently rated as steady by Water NSW.

Fitzroy Falls is steady at 74 per cent capacity, Wingecarribee is steady at 56 per cent, and the Tallowa Dam is also steady at 62 per cent.

Rainfall map for the South Coast on Tuesday. Picture: Bureau of Meteorology

Rainfall map for the South Coast on Tuesday. Picture: Bureau of Meteorology

Further south, Brogo Dam is sitting at 80 per cent, and despite its levels increasing by 11 per cent since last year, its water level status is rated as falling. The Namoi in Murray-Darling basin is sitting at just 1.4 per cent.

"Drought continues to impact many farmers, irrigators, and residents who are WaterNSW customers in Western NSW, Greater Sydney as well as the Hunter, Bega, and Iron Pot valleys in coastal NSW," Water NSW said.

Their most recent drought update released earlier this month says while the Southern valley's catchments have improved with recent rain, total rainfall for the year remains below the long-term average and allocations and storage levels remain low for the start of Spring.

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