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Snow turns Victoria into winter wonderland

Friday saw some of the coolest weather of Melbourne's winter this year, with snow falling across several parts of Victoria.

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The sun shone in Melbourne on Saturday but the chill won't be far away with the coldest morning of the year forecast for Sunday.

By 10.30am on Saturday, sunshine was streaming down on the city after a night of hail and frosty temperatures as violent thunderstorms lashed the Melbourne's metropolitan region, bayside and peninsula with the city's eastern suburbs the hardest hit by the storm, between 6pm and midnight. 

The temperatures on Friday night hovered around five degrees after what was recorded as the coldest August day in almost six years, with the most widespread snowfall in over 25 years.

Snow at Mt Buninyong 
4 year old Joey Caris. Click for more photos

Snow turns Victoria into winter wonderland

Snow at Mt Buninyong 4 year old Joey Caris. Photo: Lachlan Bence

Melbourne's temperatures are predicted to drop from six degrees on Saturday night to a low of three degrees by Sunday 6am, making it the coldest morning of the year. 

Fortunately, the mercury will begin to climb again for a top temperature of 15 on Sunday.

While there was freak snowfall just kilometres from the beach in Lorne, into the Otways, and across the Macedon Ranges and Grampians on Friday, snowfall has moved away from those areas, and will be isolated to the Alpine region. 

Isolated showers are expected to fall mostly in the eastern suburbs, a Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster said.

“There might be isolated falls in the Alps. Light snowfall with lingering showers, but at this stage, it doesn’t look like much. It will be clear all day tomorrow, no showers. I doubt the possibility of snowfall," he said.

“On Friday, we had a very strong cold front, we are not expecting to see the thunderstorms of Friday night."

A Victorian State Emergency Service spokesman said 290 calls for assistance were made on Friday and 30 throughout the night into Saturday morning, mostly from the central regions, relating to fallen trees on roads and property.

The service received a staggering 1750 calls on Thursday from the bayside and eastern parts of Melbourne, mostly relating to trees blocking roads or hitting cars and houses.

Adjusting to the sudden chill has startled Melburnians, with Meagan Rose tweeting: “you know its cold outside when you get a glass of water from the tap and it gives you a brain freeze".