Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Friday 28 August 2015.
A low pressure system off the southern New South Wales coast will drift slowly southeastwards today. Another small low pressure system will form over Bass Strait on Saturday then will move away to the east on Sunday. Meanwhile a high pressure system south of the Bight will drift to the south of Tasmania late Sunday and an associated ridge will extend across western Victoria. The ridge will contract eastwards on Monday as the next low pressure trough approaches from the west.
Forecast for the rest of Friday
Scattered showers on and south of the divide, more widespread over East Gippsland. Only isolated showers extending north of the divide but dry over the far northwest. Snow falls lowering from 1300 metres to around 1000 metres. A cool to cold and partly cloudy day with moderate to to locally fresh southerly winds.
Saturday 29 August
Widespread morning frosts inland. Scattered showers near and south of the Divide, falling as snow above 800 metres, lowering to 600 metres over Gippsland. Isolated hail and thunder over the southeast. A cold day with moderate southerly winds.
Sunday 30 August
Local morning fog and frost. Isolated showers over southern and mountain areas, more widespread over Gippsland. Dry over the northern plains. Showers falling as snow above 1000 metres. Generally cool to cold with light winds over the west and light to moderate southerly winds elsewhere.
Monday 31 August
Morning fog and frost patches. Isolated showers in the east. Generally fine over western and central districts until isolated showers extend from the western border late in the day. Cool with generally light winds.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EST Friday.