Blast of Antarctic Air Brings Snow to Colac in Victoria's Western District

Colac in Victoria’s Western District received a flurry of snow on the morning of August 4 as a wintry blast from Antarctica caused temperatures to plummet in Australia’s southeast.

Snow was recorded in several parts of the state including Colac, Ballarat and the Otway, Strezlecki and Dandenong Ranges. The Bureau of Meteorology expected snow and strong winds in the region, including parts of Victoria and Tasmania, throughout the week.

Temperatures were expected to drop to single-digit figures in those areas and parts of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory as an “exceptionally cold” air mass from Antartica passed over the southeast, forecasters said.

Damaging wind warnings were issued for the state’s central and eastern coastal areas, including the Mornington Peninsula. Credit: Tagan J Brown via Storyful