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Article from TheAge:
Forget your umbrellas and pack your snow gear.
There is a high chance of snow falling in Melbourne's central business district at lunchtime today, the Bureau of Meteorology said this morning.
Senior forecaster Scott Williams said the air across Melbourne and Victoria would be cold enough to produce snow in almost every area of the state over the next 24 hours, including low-lying areas at sea-level.
"It's possible to get snow anywhere today except in the north-west of the state. So if you drew a line from Echuca (in the north) to Horsham (in the west), you could only rule out that part of the state," he said.
The last time snow was recorded in greater Melbourne was July 25, 1986 - and the last time it was seen in the city was July 1951, Mr Williams said.
"It's certainly the coldest air mass we've had over us for the last 20 odd years," he said.
Melbourne's coldest day so far this winter has been July 9, when the temperature peaked at 10.3 degrees Celsius.
Today, Melbourne's temperature has already topped five degrees Celsius, so the record for the coldest day with a maximum of 4.4 degrees - set on July 4, 1901 - won't be broken.
AdvertisementBut with snow having already fallen in the low-lying townships of Ballarat, in central Victoria, and Colac and Winchelsea, in the state's south-west, Mr Williams said snow could fall in Melbourne any time between midday and midnight.
"Most of the activity in metropolitan Melbourne will occur in the early afternoon. It will take a little bit of heating of the ground to release the instability to bring about showers," he said.
"The temperatures in the showers will then fall dramatically back to four or five degrees and that's just on the border for getting a flurry of snow".
As the snow falls through the air towards the ground, office workers perched in the higher buildings of Melbourne will have the best chance of seeing the rare sight, he said.
"It's quite likely that, at 200 metres, the height of the Rialto, there will almost certainly be snowflakes out the window, and there's a chance that a lot of it will melt before it reaches street level," he said.
But with the excitement of snow comes danger to road users. Mr Williams said the cold snap meant a high probability of black ice on highways this evening.
"This afternoon and evening will be a particularly dangerous time around Melbourne, particularly on the roads leading out of Melbourne to surrounding foothills 30 or 40 kilometres from the CBD," he said.
Mr Williams said that while the freezing temperatures were not an unusual occurrence over the past 150 years, they were an aberration in light of recent decades.
"Against the backdrop of gradually rising temperatures globally, we haven't had many days under 10 degrees in Melbourne over the last 20 years," he said.
The state's snow resorts have also benefited, with Mount Buller, Falls Creek and Mount Hotham all receiving at least 20 centimetres of snow overnight.
"There will be more snow showers on all of those mountains today and tomorrow," he said.
- with AAP