An early wintry blast has brought the first snow of the season to the Victorian Alps.
The temperature at Falls Creek dipped to below zero at around 8:30pm and the snow started to fall.
Over three centimetres of snow has fallen and temperatures fell to as low as minus 3C.
The official ski season starts in seven weeks time on the Queens Birthday season and Chris Hocking of Falls Creek says he cannot wait.
"I'm a bit of an avid skier myself and I've been counting it literally, 49 days until we start," he said.
"Let's hope that the snow keeps falling and that we have a great start to the winter."
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17:37 EDT Much of western New South Wales has begun a heat wave, reaching at least five degrees above average for at least five days, averaging a maximum of 35 degrees or more.