Victoria to get cold snap with 'severe' frosts for northern areas

Victoria to get cold snap with 'severe' frosts for northern areas

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COLD: Temperatures could struggle to pass 10 degrees for parts of southern Victoria this week.

COLD: Temperatures could struggle to pass 10 degrees for parts of southern Victoria this week.

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Snow could fall as low as 300 metres this week.

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A blast of cold air will cross Victoria in the coming days as the Bureau of Meteorology warns parts of the state could experience severe frosts.

Daytime maximum temperatures for parts of southern Victoria may struggle to reach double digits with snow predicted to fall as low as 300 metres before the end of the week.

"We're getting some pretty cold air coming up from the south-west of the state ... and we might see some snowfalls down as low as 800 metres late on Monday," BoM senior forecaster Tom Fejes said.

"Showers are starting to extend across the rest of southern Victorian then throughout Tuesday morning ... we could see snow down as low as300 to 400 metres in some southern parts so that means snow around places like the Dandenong Ranges and Macedon Ranges as well.

"We'll probably see widespread frosts, possibly severe through the middle of the week, particularly through northern Victoria."

Possible hail and isolated thunderstorms are also forecast for southern parts of the state, with rainfall of up to 15 millimetres expected.

"Southern Victorian will see some reasonable rainfall totals particularly out towards the eastern ranges which mightget five to 15 millimetresbut northern Victoria is probably not going to see much with this system coming through," Mr Fejes said.

"Those winds will make it feel a lot cooler than it actually and temperatures very cold for this time of year and many places not making it above 10 degrees.

"Even once these showers are starting to push through we'll see some clearer skies but that cold air hanging about and that means some very cold starts."

Rain-deprived northern Victoria is likely to miss out on much of the falls but a second low pressure system developing over NSW could bring much needed relief.

"There is a chance we might see some rain starting to develop later in the week perhaps into the weekend in northern parts of Victoria," Mr Fejes said.

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