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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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Melbourne has recorded its coldest morning in 16 years.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded a chilly 2.4 degrees at 6am before the mercury plummeted further to 1.4 at 7.33am.

Senior forecaster Richard Carlyon said the last time Melbourne was this cold was in June 1998, which also recorded a low of 1.4 degrees.

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

But despite the frosty start to Sunday, the overnight temperature had not set any records, he said. 

Mr Carlyon said the coldest temperatures recorded in Melbourne were set in the 1800s, when the city was "surrounded by paddocks and had no buildings to trap the heat in".

The lowest overnight temperature in Melbourne’s history was recorded on July 21, 1869, where the mercury dropped to a freezing -2.8 degrees.

"We haven't seen a negative in Melbourne city since 1984, which was the last sub-zero morning in Melbourne," he said.

Temperatures at Essendon Airport plummeted to -1.7 this morning, and Viewbank residents shivered through 1.2 degrees.

State-wide, Ballarat hovered at -4.6 about 2.40am, and Bendigo recorded -4 overnight. 

The coldest areas in Victoria were Omeo in the state's north-east, which saw the mercury plummet to -7.6, and Mount Hotham, where the lowest temperature was -8.7.

Despite the well-below-freezing conditions, no snow fell overnight, Mr Carlyon said.

"These were good snow-making conditions in the Alps, but because we had no rainfall, there was no precipitation," he said.

The frosty start continues this weekend's wintry chill, which has seen hail in the city and substantial snowfall elsewhere.

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.

Mr Carlyon said Melburnians will face another cold morning on Monday.

"We will probably have another cold morning tomorrow, where light winds and clear skies will bring similar temperatures to this morning," he said.

He said it was not unusual to get frost at this time of the year, and the bureau had released a frost warning for the state on Monday. 

Sunday's early chill in Melbourne will be followed by a predicted sunny day with a maximum of 14 degrees.