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No immediate end in sight to Victoria’s cold snap

No immediate end in sight to Victoria’s cold snap

No immediate end in sight to Victoria’s cold snap Victoria’s cold snap is set to continue, according to UBIMET, an internationally recognised leader in meteorology and severe weather warnings. A cold front will spread into western Victoria on Friday night, bringing a band of heavy rain eastwards through the State on Saturday. 

“While Melburnians can expect this strong band of heavy rain during the early afternoon, for alpine areas, it’s good news,“ says James Wilby, UBIMET Senior Meteorologist. “Snow will develop in alpine areas on Saturday with heavy snow showers continuing for Sunday and Monday.” 

The conditions are a result of a complex area of low pressure that is advancing north-­‐eastwards towards Tasmania. The system is expected to introduce cold south-­‐westerly winds in its wake.    By Sunday, the low will be centred over the Tasman Sea, bringing unsettled weather to eastern Tasmania, Victoria and south-­‐east NSW. This low pressure system will remain close to south-­‐east Australia for the remainder of the week with temperatures below average until at least the following weekend. 

Relief for snow-­‐starved resorts on the way 

In alpine areas, showers will merge to form heavy, persistent rain, with snow expected above the  600 metre line as this cold air arrives. As much as 15-­‐20cm of snow is anticipated on Saturday, bringing relief to what has been a slow start to the ski season. An additional 20-­‐30cm of snow is also possible, as a result of heavy snow showers Sunday and Monday. 

Risk of thunder and small hail for Melbourne 

Sunday will be a cool day in Melbourne, with a forecast temperature of 11C. Although a wind chill will make conditions feel even cooler than this, as strong south-­‐westerly winds are also forecast. Gusts between 70 and 80km/h are possible, especially for coastal and elevated areas of Victoria. Heavy showers are anticipated within this south-­‐westerly flow, with some of these bringing the risk of small hail and thunder especially near the coast. 

Damaging winds for eastern Victoria 

Eastern parts of Victoria are anticipated to feel the full force of the low pressure system with strong winds and heavy rain affecting Gippsland on Sunday, with Eastern Tasmania and south-­‐east NSW also impacted into Monday. Damaging wind gusts over 90km/h are possible for the Gippsland Coast and elevated areas through the Great Dividing Range. 



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