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Late Spring Snow Blankets Victoria High Country

This past winter has been the coldest in Victoria in the past ten years and these record cold temperatures are now extending well into spring:

VICTORIA’S wild weather looks set to continue, with predictions of further flash flooding, gale-force winds and hail and snow in some parts overnight and today.

State Emergency Services responded to more than 200 calls for help across the state yesterday, mostly because of fallen trees and powerlines.

Two women were rescued after a tree collapsed on their car in Emerald. The driver, aged in her 50s, and passenger, aged in her 80s, were treated at the scene for hand injuries and taken to hospital.

For the third time in three years, East Gippsland residents sandbagged homes and businesses.

SES Victorian co-ordinator Stephen Warren said moderate flood warnings were in place for four rivers in East Gippsland.

“If we get a lot more rain it would affect towns such as Orbost and Bairnsdale. And predictions are we will,” he said.

At Mt Hotham, the coldest place in Victoria at -2.7C, there was a surprise snowfall.

Falls Creek also experienced a November fall, which residents said was the first in five years.  [Herald-Sun]

Here is a picture of the snow from a Mt. Hotham ski camera:

Keep in mind that in recent years these late snows are not unsual.  Last year snow fell in the middle of summer time on Mt. Hotham and two years ago it snowed across the Victorian high country on Christmas Day:

This is just another example of where this eco-loon can find his snow. 

Thanks to Andrew Bolt for linking to this prior posting on the great snow season we have had once again in Victoria.

Note that you can see high quality images of winter time on Mt. Hotham here.