Melbourne weather: Snow has fallen in the CBD as an icy blast crosses Victoria

Melbourne weather: Snow has fallen in the CBD as an icy blast crosses Victoria

Melbourne’s CBD has experienced rare snowfall as the city shivers through another cold day brought on by an icy blast of polar air.

Video posted to Twitter on Tuesday shows it snowing out the window of the Aurora apartment building at Melbourne Central with the flakes large enough to settle on the glass.

It also snowed at Craigieburn, Greenvale and Dallas for “about six seconds” with it cold enough for the flakes to settle on the ground, while cars in Sunbury were covered with a dusting of snow.

Snow also fell around the Ballarat and Colac regions, with Mt Macedon, Olinda and Mt Dandenong also experiencing significant falls.

Sky News Weather chief meteorologist Tom Saunders said snow fell to 100m in Victoria and sea level in Tasmania on Tuesday as bitterly cold polar air moved through southeast Australia.

Snow has closed the Maroondah Highway east of Melbourne as areas just outside city’s urban fringe near the Macedon Ranges brace for more falls above 800m on Wednesday.

The Maroondah Highway or Black Spur has been closed between Dowd Rd, Healesville, and Narbethong to clear the road of snow and debris with a significant 90-minute detour via Alexandra and Yea in place for those needing to do essential travel.

Weather bureau senior forecaster Tom Fejes said Melbourne was in for a pretty cold run of temperatures with the cold front “not really budging from over Victoria” for the next few days.

“We are looking at potentially the coldest run of four days in a row in the Melbourne region since 1975 for August,” he said.

“In July 2015 we had a similar run of four days but for August it is a pretty cold sequence of days.”

In Melbourne it dropped to 5.1C overnight and is only expected to reach a top of 11C on Wednesday with a showers throughout the day, while at Ferny Creek in the Dandenong Ranges it dropped to 0.1C overnight and at Coldstream 1.2C.

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