More cold weather on the way

GIPPSLAND residents should brace themselves for more adverse weather, with the cold conditions and icy winds not yet over.

There was a burst of chaotic wintry weather at the weekend, as a cold front covering Australia’s south-east brought blizzards, rain and strong winds to Victoria.

A moderate flood warning was issued for the Latrobe River (including at Rosedale main stream) on Sunday morning, because of rising levels, and the Bureau of Meteorology has issued wind warnings for the east Gippsland coast for today, moderating by Wednesday.

The BOM recorded about 80 millimetres of rainfall in the Latrobe catchment between 9am on Friday and 9am on Sunday.

Daytime temperatures are expected to hover between 14°Celsius and 15°C Tuesday and Wednesday, jumping to 19°C by Sunday, but with a 50 per cent chance of rain.

The next cold front will approach Victoria on Thursday, with winds north to north-westerly increasing to 15 to 20 kilometres per hour during the morning, before easing in the afternoon. The coldest overnight temperatures are expected to be between -1°C and 6°C.

Snow bunnies would have been pleased with the weekend’s snow dumps, however not those headed to Baw Baw Resort, with heavy snow and treacherous driving conditions forcing Mount Baw Baw Tourist Rd and South Face Rd to close.

More than 100 tourists on the Steam Rail Victoria trip to the resort were forced to head to Walhalla for the day instead, or simply return to Melbourne on the next train out of Gippsland.

The State Emergency Service responded to 145 calls for help across the state, but only about 10 of those were in the Wellington Shire.