A low and cold front has delivered the heaviest June rainfall in nearly three decades for some parts of Victoria, while heavy snow fell across the resorts.
On Thursday and into Friday morning a low pressure system and an associated cold front swept through Victoria. So far the complex system has brought widespread falls of over 50mm and delivered a foot of fresh snow to the Victorian snow resorts.
The heaviest falls stretched from the Central district to North East and down into West & South Gippsland. Woods Point topped the rainfall totals picking up 108mm and Dohertys had 90mm. Portland received their highest June rainfall since records began nearly three decades ago with 39mm in the gauge.
Yesterday Melbourne shivered through its coldest day of any month in four years with the mercury only reaching 10.5 degrees late in the evening. The persistent rain added to the gloomy day with the city picking up 22mm. The southern and eastern suburbs copped the highest falls with over 50mm falling at places like Cranbourne while Ferny Gully received 46mm.
On Friday Melbourne can expect the rain to ease throughout the day but up to 20mm is still possible. The weekend will see a few lingering showers and a cold start, especially on Saturday.
Those headed for the snow this weekend are in for a treat with most Victorian resorts reporting more than 30cm of fresh snow this morning. The snow fall was accompanied by strong winds that gusted up to 106km/h at Falls Creek overnight. More snow is expected today with up to another 10-20cm falling.
© Weatherzone 2012
16:06 EST The weather bureau has implemented a new system of forecasting the seasonal outlook called Predictive Ocean Atmosphere Model for Australia, or POAMA.