Weather The big chill in Victoria: day two

The big chill in Victoria: day two

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After days marked by high winds, rain, hail and widespread snow, Victorians are starting Saturday morning with still conditions and frost across much of the state.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Stephen King said much of inland Victoria dipped below 0C on Saturday morning, with minus 4C at Longerenong, near Horsham, minus 3.5C at Ballarat and an icy minus 9C at Mount Hotham.

By comparison, Melbourne – lower in altitude and closer to the moderating effect of the ocean – reached a minimum of 4.9C.

Clear skies overnight caused the temperature to plunge, causing frost across much of inland Victoria.

Black ice formed on roads through the central highlands, making it a slippery start for early morning travellers on the Western, Calder and Midland highways.

“Because we had that surge of cold, dry air yesterday and then the cloud cover cleared it was really cold overnight,” Mr King said.

“The next couple of days will be pretty fine once some showers clear this morning.

“A high pressure system moving across means we will see clear skies for the next two to three days, so we will have fine, sunny conditions during the say but some frosty mornings.”