Vic braces for snow as temperatures drop

Victoria is preparing for heavy rain, cold temperatures, perhaps thunderstorms and flash flooding.
Victoria is preparing for heavy rain, cold temperatures, perhaps thunderstorms and flash flooding.

Victoria is on track to see its coldest April day in more than two decades as the state braces for heavy rainfall and maybe even snow.

Bureau of Meteorology Victoria senior meteorologist Keris Arndt on Monday said temperatures would reach just 13 degrees on Thursday and Friday, an April low not recorded since 1996.

Mr Arndt said significant rain would start to develop ahead of a cold front which could result in thunderstorms and flash flooding, particularly in the northeast of the state.

The cold air following the rain could also bring snow on Thursday, Mr Arndt said.

Rain totals on Wednesday in the northeast regions could reach up to 120mm, with severe weather warnings likely to be issued for flash flooding and strong winds.

Melbourne won't be as significantly impacted by the rain but would still feel the cold snap.

Mr Arndt said this was one of the wettest starts to the year on record, and Victoria was only about 0.6mm behind the state's entire rainfall for 2019.

The drizzly forecast comes as Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Monday he was glad some unpleasant weather at the weekend forced Victorians to stay home and adhere to coronavirus restrictions.

Australian Associated Press