–Melbourne faces chilly weekend, while ski resorts brace for deep snow

July 14, 2017

Rug up Melburnians, the sharp sting of winter is here and you might need more than some thick socks to keep you warm this weekend.

Parts of the state are set to shiver with temperatures predicted to plunge along with patches of frost, drizzle and a huge dumping of snow in Victoria’s Alpine region. 

The mercury will drop to 2 degrees overnight in some areas of Victoria’s north-east, while those living closer to the city’s centre will wake up to a frosty 5 degrees.  

But the powerful cold front has also brought with it some sweet relief for ski resorts, with the snowiest weekend so far this year.

Thousands are expected to hit the slopes and make the most of the last days of the schools holidays.

Cold air and moisture have teamed up to create the perfect conditions for a massive overnight dump of 24 centimetres of snow at Mount Hotham on Friday night.

The snowfall will continue with another 58 centimetres predicted to fall between Saturday and Tuesday. 

Mount Hotham Skiing Company chief executive Jonathan Hutchins said there were fresh patches of snow ready for skiers and snow boarders.

“We’re expecting significant snowfall this weekend, so we would advise anyone making the trip to up Mount Hotham to take care while driving on the sealed road,” he said. “It is the highest road of its kind with the most spectacular views but for their own safety, we are urging people to make sure they carry diamond pattern snow tyre chains on their vehicles at all times.”

Light snow flurries are also expected to fall in other parts of Victoria’s alpine region in the coming days.

Mount Buller is expecting more than 30 centimetres of the white stuff by Wednesday. 

In the last 24 hours, three centimetres of fresh snow has blanketed Falls Creek with natural snow sitting at a healthy 37 centimetres and another decent dump expected to sprinkle the slopes in the next 48 hours. 

And, if you’re planning on staying in Melbourne, don’t be fooled by a mostly sunny day on Saturday.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Dean Stewart said conditions would remain chilly with of a top of 13 degrees predicted.

There was also a strong possibility of rain and hail in the southeast suburbs.

“There is a chance of showers but it’s really mostly confined to the south eastern suburbs,” he said.

“In the western and northern suburbs it is expected to be dry and partly cloudy and quite cold for the duration of the day.”

On Sunday, the forecast is much the same with an overnight low of 4 degrees predicted and a top of 12, with cloudy and windy conditions expected. 

Mr Stewart said while the conditions would be cold enough for snow to be made in other parts of the state outside the Alpine region, a lack of rain is limiting natural snowfall.

But fear not, the cold front will have passed by Monday with sunny and slightly cloudy conditions and a top of 15 degrees expected. – #1 News in a FLASH

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