Vic hit with cold snap as winter starts

Victoria has been hit with low temperatures, heavy rain and snow.
Victoria has been hit with low temperatures, heavy rain and snow.

The beginning of winter in Victoria has brought heavy rain, severe winds, bone chilling temperatures and even some snow.

Melbourne recorded it's lowest maximum June 1 temperature since 1943, reaching a top of just 11.2C on Monday.

Ferny Creek in the Yarra Ranges recorded the biggest drenching in the state with 23mm, while Melbourne received about 10mm from Sunday to late Monday afternoon.

Much of the state was lashed with strong winds, particularly in Port Phillip Bay where St Kilda copped wind gusts of up to 83km/h.

The chilly start to June has been good news for the snow slopes.

Up to 10cm of snow has already fallen at Mount Hotham with resort photographer Chris Hocking welcoming the first snowfall of winter.

"We woke up there to a fresh coating of snow and it has intensified as well. It is great scenes for the first day of winter," he told AAP.

Mt Buller notched a couple centimetres of snow since early Monday morning, raising optimism ahead of the season opener on June 22.

"We are delighted to have some snow and are working towards the 22nd of June, that is of course conditions permitting ... with snow falling on the first day of winter that is wonderful to see," a spokeswoman told AAP on Monday.

The popular resorts are preparing for an influx of snow bunnies eager to hit the slopes when the season opens as virus restrictions ease.

The severe weather warnings in place for the state's southwest, central districts and parts of the Gippsland region have eased.

The rest of the week will be wet, however conditions will start to settle after Tuesday.

Australian Associated Press