Forecast issued at 5:04 am EST on Thursday 31 July 2014.
A strong cold front will enter the southwest of the State this morning and then move across central Victoria during the afternoon and eastern areas in the evening, while a deep complex low pressure system passes south of Tasmania. Another cold front will move from the Southern Ocean to cross Victoria on Friday with a very cold southwest to southerly airflow extending over the State. The next high pressure system will then rapidly approach from the Bight, reaching western Victoria late on Saturday, and moving over northern Victoria on Sunday.
Forecast for the rest of Thursday
A band of rain reaching the west during the morning and extending across the remainder of the State in the afternoon and evening, followed by scattered showers with local hail and thunder. Snowfalls lowering to 500 metres from the west during the evening and overnight. Cool to mild at first with strong northwesterly winds, locally reaching gale force mainly in southern and elevated areas. A colder squally westerly wind change extending from the west in the late morning and reaching the east by evening.
Friday 1 August
Showers, mainly on and south of the divide with local hail and thunder. Snow falls down to 500 metres. A very cold day with cloudy periods. Fresh westerly winds turning stronger squally southwest to southerly from the west in the afternoon.
Saturday 2 August
Very cold at first with widespread inland frost. Showers on and south of the ranges becoming isolated during the morning. Dry on the northern plains. Snowfalls to 600 metres lifting back to 1200 metres in the afternoon. Mainly moderate southwest to southerly winds, fresh to strong at first about the coast.
Sunday 3 August
Very cold at first with widespread inland frost and fog patches in the east. Isolated showers near the coast. Light westerly winds.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EST Thursday.