Snow dumps on Victoria as Melbourne endures bitter conditions

A dumping of snow has turned parts of Victoria into a winter wonderland, delighting enthusiasts headed for the slopes.

But the cold spell will bring no joy to those stuck in Melbourne, who will endure miserable weather for days to come.

Nearly 40 centimetres of snow has fallen at Falls Creek in the past 24 hours, with powdery snow sitting 133 centimetres deep at the popular alpine destination.

Lisa Logan, manager of Falls Creek’s Diana Alpine Lodge, said it looked like a “Christmas postcard” outside.

“We’ve had probably some of the nicest quality snow in many years come down,” Miss Logan said.

“I keep thinking ‘am I still in Australia?’ The snow is looking as smooth as silk.’’

Mount Buller meanwhile has had a dumping of 31 centimetres of snow in the past 24 hours, with about 93 centimetres on the ground.

Mount Hotham is 107 centimetres deep in snow, with 24 centimeters falling in the past 24 hours.  

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Scott Williams said light snowfall would continue in the state’s alpine region through the weekend.

“We’ve had substantial falls right across our highlands and there will be a break today but some light snowfall over the weekend,” Mr Williams said.

“On Friday night there’s another front coming that is likely to deliver another 10 to 20 centimetres of snow.”

Mr Williams said winds were set to drop in the alpine region, bringing ideal conditions to enjoy the snow on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Mount Donna Buang, just 80 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, had received about 20 to 30 centimetres of snow, Mr Williams said.

Meanwhile, tiles were torn off roofs when freak winds hit Keysborough, in Melbourne’s south-east, on Wednesday night.

State Emergency Service crews were called to 15 damaged properties starting about 8pm, spokeswoman Kathryn Gould said.

“It was an odd, isolated event that caused damage to a number of homes. We had about 15 requests for assistance in quite a small area,” she said.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Terry Ryan said the winds barely showed up on radars, and were caused by a “downburst” from a cloud with a high cumulus top.

“We normally associate those with thunderstorms on hot days, we don’t see them in cold weather so much,” Mr Ryan said.

Icy conditions and bitter winds are expected to continue in Melbourne, with showers and a top of 13 degrees forecast on Thursday.

Snow could fall as low as 600 metres on Saturday, and the city could be hit with hail.

Conditions are expected to clear on Monday, with a chance Melbourne will receive a well-overdue dose of sunshine.

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