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Victoria gets an early taste of winter


Rain that lashed the state on Thursday is expected to continue on Friday, with some parts of Victoria already surpassing the total rainfall recorded in 2019.

Snow blanketed Mt Buller on Thursday after a cold snap hit Victoria.

Snow blanketed Mt Buller on Thursday after a cold snap hit Victoria. Credit:Teddy Laycock

“It’s quite a strong system,” Mr Conway said. “Although, we’re not expecting as much rain as we’ve been having.”

The city’s total April rainfall was more than 138mm, making it the wettest April since 1960.

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The city recorded 24mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday, while the eastern and southeastern suburbs recorded close to 40mm. In the subsequent 24 hours, there were falls of 8mm and 15mm respectively.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned Victorians to prepare for early wintry conditions, with a 12C maximum forecast for Melbourne on Friday.

Unseasonably low temperatures delivered snow to the state’s ski resorts, with Falls Creek, Mount Buller and Mount Hotham expected to see as much as 40cm of snow by Saturday as the temperature falls below zero.

Severe weather warnings are also in place for potentially damaging winds of up to 100km/h for coastal areas and the alpine region.

Snow fell on Mt Hotham on Thursday.

Snow fell on Mt Hotham on Thursday.Credit:Nine News

The Mornington Peninsula is also expected to experience strong gusts.

The chill and rain will persist across the state through to the weekend, with the wind making it even feel colder, especially in Melbourne and along the coast.

-with AAP

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