Most of Victoria will be hit by driving rain before Sunday as a low tracks east along the coast.
Rain and fresh northwesterly winds will develop today in western and northern Victoria ahead of a stronger burst tomorrow. Melbourne should miss out today, with just a small chance of a light afternoon shower or two and moderate winds.
Overnight a low and associated cold front will reach the SA/VIC border, bringing a strong southwesterly wind change and bursts of heavier rain.
Strong winds and areas of rain will spread across Victoria's west and north tomorrow, with a healthy dump of snow down to 1000 metres. The rain and cloud will keep the temperature down with most of the state expecting a cold day.
Winds could gust above 90km/h along the state's west coast and be quite brisk elsewhere in the west and the north. However Melbourne and the east will have lighter winds for most of the day.
Melbourne can expect a cool morning with moderate northerly winds and a couple of showers. But as the centre of the low tracks very close to the city during the middle of the day, wind will ease and rain will stop. There's even a chance that the sun will come out for an hour. In the afternoon the southwesterly change will arrive with a fresh burst of rain into the evening.
On Saturday the focus of the wind and rain will be on eastern Victoria as the low moves into the Tasman Sea. Snow showers will continue in the Alps on this day before clearing during Sunday.
On Sunday winds will be mostly light across most of the state with a few showers about. Many will be happy to see more sunshine across the weekend.
© Weatherzone 2012
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