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Snow falls as city shivers through Anzac Day

Snow dusted the alps as Melburnians shivered through a wintry Anzac Day with heavy rain and icy temperatures hitting the city.

Flash-flooding and damaging winds are expected to hit the state's east later today and the Bureau of Meteorology predicts more rain for Melbourne over the next few days.

Just after 12.30pm it was 14.3 degrees in the city, and meteorologists are predicting a top of 15 degrees today, making it the coldest April day since 2009.

A bitter southerly wind and heavy rain forced people attending the Anzac Day dawn service to rug up in coats and scarves.

At 6am it was 10 degrees, just above the overnight minimum, but feeling more like six degrees, according to the weather bureau.

"There are very strong winds and it's likely to rain all day," bureau forecaster Michael Halfpenny said.


"The heaviest rain is gone but we expect more rain tonight. There will be a few showers around tomorrow."

The eastern suburbs received a soaking, with Mount Evelyn recording 85 millimetres, Mount Dandenong recording 77 millimetres and Mitcham recording 67 millimetres in the 24 hours to 9am.

About three to five centimetres of snow fell at Falls Creek with overnight temperatures dropping to minus 1.5 degrees, but feeling as low as minus 8.8 degrees.

"We've had another chilly winter blast come through with snowfalls and freezing temperatures" says Debbie Howie PR Manager Falls Creek.

"It feels like we are already in winter with the recent snow blasts."

She said the resort had been blanketed in snow and the trees were a "dusty white".

There is a severe weather warning for damaging winds and heavy rain in the East Gippsland district.

There is also a minor flood watch for Dandenong Creek at Rowille.

The temperature is expected to increase to 17 degrees tomorrow and 19 degrees on Friday and Saturday.