Snow, light hail expected for parts of Victoria this weekend

Snow, light hail expected for parts of Victoria this weekend

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ICY: Cool temperatures and isolated thunderstorms are forecast for this weekend. Photo by Min McCormack.

ICY: Cool temperatures and isolated thunderstorms are forecast for this weekend. Photo by Min McCormack.

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Parts of the state could receive up to 100mm of rain.

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Snow and light hail is forecast for parts of the state in the coming days as a cold snap is expected to cross Victoria.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Tom Fejes said cool winds would start to increase from the south-west of the state.

"We're looking at the potential for some severe weather warnings along the far south-west coast," he said.

"That's associated with a low-pressure system that's going to move up and get in close to Tasmania [on Friday].

"Ahead of that we'll have a front moving across the state though late Thursday morning and into Friday morning and that's going to bring some pretty cool air and some strong winds across the state as well."

The chance of small hail is also likely across most of the state in the next two days with blizzard-like conditions for the north-east ranges.

Snow could fall as low as 600 metres in places like the Dandenong and Macedon ranges.

Mr Fejes said the "feels like" temperature would likely be much colder than what was actually predicted.

"Strong winds mean there is a risk of some blizzards through the north-east of the state," he said.

There is also the chance of isolated thunderstorms which could bring falls of between 20-40 millimetres for parts of the state including the south-west coast and north-east ranges.

Mr Fejes said the north-east of the state could receive isolated falls of between 60-100mm by Sunday.

The cold and wet weather is expected to settle by the start of next week and return to "settled" conditions.

"Once this low starts to move out to the east of us through Sunday, we've got a ridge of high pressure coming through and that's going to move very slowly over the top," Mr Fejes said.

"So reasonably dry conditions expected for early next week ... and into late next week."

With the clear days predicted next week, there will be an increased risk of frost, he said.

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