Warnings as region braces for cold snap

Ahead of Alvie and South Colac’s senior football clash and finals preview tomorrow, club members Eliza Speirs and Tanner McNamara are preparing for a cold snap and strong winds in the Colac Otway region, with snow forecast for the Otways.

Snow could fall in the Otways today with forecasts of damaging high winds.

Bureau of Meterology senior forecaster Tom Delamotte said the bureau had issued a weather warning for high winds coming through the region.

“The coldest air will move up across south-west Victoria later on Friday, into the early hours of Saturday morning, so for Colac, we’re forecasting a maximum of nine degrees for Friday and 10 degrees for Saturday,” he said.

“For the peaks in the Otways, it looks like maximums of around about five or six degrees on Friday and similar on Saturday as well.”

Mr Delamotte said snow would likely fall today in the Otways, particularly on the higher peaks.

“We’re actually going to see snow level drop to 500 metres during Friday and possibly get it as low as 400 metres overnight into Saturday so that would mean you would see snow falling in areas of the Otways above those elevations,” he said.

“It looks like there will be showers moving through right through that period when we expect the lowest snow levels so I would certainly expect there to be snow falling and even settling on the ground about the Otways during Friday and Saturday morning.”

Mr Delamotte said the damaging winds would impact the south-west coast.

“We’ll see a deep low-pressure system move through Bass Strait during overnight Thursday into Friday and as that moves through, it’s likely to bring some very strong winds onto the coastal parts of the south-west and also the peaks in the Otways,” he said.

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