A severe weather warning has been issued for Victoria with damaging winds, rain and potentially large falls of snow in the alps forecast.
Some areas of the state may even receive half their monthly rain in two days along with “blustery winds and bitterly cold temperatures”, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.
Winds are set to increase as early as Thursday with a low-pressure system passing through the state.
“Once it arrives it will become cold very quickly,” forecaster Richard Carlyon said.
Gusts of up to 110 km/h are expected from late Thursday, with Victoria’s Alpine region in for dangerous blizzard conditions with wind speeds reaching 120km/h.
Snow in the region could fall as low as 500m above sea level by Friday morning.
As for today, the downpour’s expected sometime this late arvo or evening, and thunderstorms will hammer the city all the way through to the end of the week.
Temperatures across the next few days could hit as low as 5, but it’s expected to feel 5-6 degrees colder due to wind chill factor.
There won’t be much respite either with max temps to be around 8-11.
Hold onto your hats and get the thermals out! 💨 An intense blast of cold air is heading to #Victoria. Big snowfalls ❄ expected down to 500-600m Friday with blustery winds. 'Feels like' temps ~6 degrees lower than actual. Keep up to date with forecasts: https://t.co/mX4lMXdTTX pic.twitter.com/oof3XbFRy7
— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) August 6, 2019