Football postponed as heavy hail blankets Melbourne, snow falling on alps
Melbourne’s east has been turned white with a covering of hail turning roads and football ovals white.
An AFL reserves game between The Ringwood Redbacks and the Heathmont jets had to be stopped temporarily at the Redback’s home ground at Jubilee Park, as hailstones rained down on players, fans and coaching staff.
The Bureau of Meteorology said that while falling hail may look impressive, the total rainfall is not expected to be more than 5 millimetres in central Melbourne and 5-10 millimetres in the city’s southeast.
Blizzard conditions have been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology “with locally heavy snowfalls are currently a risk in Alpine areas, though expected to ease on Saturday afternoon.”
Damaging gusts up to 100 km/h are possible over the Alpine region above 1200 metres.
Skiers and snowboarders have also been treated to fresh snow with the NSW alpine region recording about 30cms in the last 24 hours with snow falling below 1000 metres.
Victoria was not left out with about 15 centimetres topping up a health bases at Falls Creek, Hotham and Mt Buller.
More snow is expected across the region next week.
Residents on the Otway coast and the south Gippsland coast have been issued with damaging west to south-westerly wind warnings with peak gusts of 90 km/h are likely during today.
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