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Victorian towns blanketed in snow as cold snap continues

Mt Baw Baw resort was also closed, with Mt Baw Baw Tourist Road and South Face Road both closed to traffic. Mt Macedon Road at Mt Macedon was closed and Falls Creek was closed to day visitors.

Visitors to Mt Hotham could gain acess to the resort after the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Mt Hotham opened shortly after 11am.

The weather caused ABC outages in Victoria and NSW as snow accumulated in satellite dishes. The broadcaster was forced to wait for the snow to thaw before it could resume services, a spokesman said.

Meanwhile, keen footballers across the state braved freezing conditions as many country football leagues headed into finals season.

At Olinda, where it was just 1.5 degrees at 9am, an under-12’s finals match between Wesburn and Seville was postponed as snow blanketed the field.

Olinda Ferny Creek Junior Football Club president, Patrick Ford, said organisers used a leaf blower to mark the boundary and other lines so that an under-16 girls match could get underway at 11.30am.

Marking the boundary with a leaf blower at Olinda before the kids finals.

Marking the boundary with a leaf blower at Olinda before the kids finals. Credit:Rick Wall

“The girls are out there now which is pretty impressive, but it was a bit of an undertaking to get the game underway,” he said. “We had the leaf blower out to do all the line markings and we had to knock down quite a few snowmen which the local community had been busy building.”

Heavy rain, wild winds and thunderstorms also lashed some areas of the state on Saturday night, with the State Emergency Service responding to 72 requests for help overnight, including 45 calls relating to fallen down trees.

The city had 5.8 millimetres of rain in the last 24 hours, while the outer suburbs of Berwick and Frankston had more than 20 millimetres.

Snow falls at Gisborne on Sunday morning.

Snow falls at Gisborne on Sunday morning.Credit:Paul Rovere

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Dean Stewart said Victorians could expect another day of freezing, wet and wild weather before the state’s cold snap begins to ease.

“The coldest air is on its way out now… We will see further rain and some thunderstorms around today but by mid-week conditions should ease,” he said.

Melbourne is forecast to reach a top of 12 degrees on Sunday, creeping up to 15 degrees by Wednesday.

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