Wild weather lashes Victoria, bringing wind, rain and possible snow

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Mt Hotham summer snow

Just because it’s the middle of summer doesn’t mean the snowfields are clear. An overnight low with wind chill of -12C left a light dusting of snow at Mt Hotham. Picture: Gina Woodward/Mt Hotham
Source: Herald Sun

UPDATE 9.53am: SNOW has begun falling in Victoria’s alpine region, while hail and winds of up to 90km/h are predicted for some parts of the state today.

Hotham Skiing Company spokeswoman Gina Woodward said it began snowing at about 1am and the overnight low saw the windchill at -12.2C.

“A light dusting of snow has settled on some cars but no snow has settled on the warmer ground,” she said.

The temperature is currently -.3C on Mt Hotham, with a windchill factor of -7.3C.

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The wild weather also led to the suspension of train services on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines after a tree fell on power lines between Springvale and Sandown Park stations.

A Metro spokesman said crews were on site trying to fix the problem but services were suspended until further notice.

City-bound trains are stopping at Dandenong station and Metro has ordered buses to ferry passengers between Oakleigh and Dandenong.

Earlier the weather caused delays on the Glen Waverley line after a tree branch fell on overhead power lines between Glen Waverley and Syndal stations.

Holidaymakers have been warned to leave the tinny in the shed, with a severe weather warning issued for the central district, which includes Melbourne and Geelong.

Duty forecaster Peter Newham said wind gusts of up to 90km/h had already been recorded at South Channel Island in Port Phillip Bay.

“There is going to be some pretty heavy showers moving across Melbourne, particularly in the south-eastern suburbs,” he said.

“There’s a good chance of some small hail with some of those showers and there have already been one or two lightning strikes at Frankston.”

A gale warning has been issued for Bass Strait, Port Phillip and Western Port.

The State Emergency Service has warned people to secure loose items and move cars undercover and away from trees.

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