Cold and blustery weekend for Victoria

Multiple cold fronts affecting all areas means Victoria is in for a very wintry weekend.
Multiple cold fronts affecting all areas means Victoria is in for a very wintry weekend.

Victoria is in for a cold, blustery weekend with temperatures mostly in the single figures, strong winds and snow in alpine areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning about damaging winds expected to sweep much of the state's regions.

This combined with multiple cold fronts affecting all areas meant Victoria was in for a very wintry weekend, senior forecaster Mark Anolak said.

Winds are forecast to average 50-60km/h, but could reach up to 90km/h, particularly in higher areas.

Cold fronts moving across the state on Saturday and Sunday were expected to cause temperatures mostly in the high single figures, he said.

Melbourne temperatures are not expected to exceed about 12C, with wind and some rain expected.

There could be some thunderstorms in parts, as well as hail across most of the state.

Snow operators are set to miss out on valuable revenue this weekend with alpine resorts forecast to receive 60-100cm.

Resorts were this week offered state government grants to stay afloat through the extended Victorian lockdown during what would ordinarily be their peak trading season.

The state is forecast to receive a brief reprieve from the chilly weather by early next week, with Tuesday expected to reach 17C, before another wintry burst mid- to late next week.

Australian Associated Press