THE bitter winter weather has finally brought snow to the Central Highlands, with reports of snow showers in Trentham, Woodend and along the Trentham-Daylesford Road.
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Trentham Pharmacy shop assistant Penelope Czehmester said it snowed for more than an hour earlier today, but that the snow didn’t stay because the ground was already wet.

“It was nice, fluffy flakes for quite a while,” she said.

“It did look very beautiful. I think people were excited, if it’s going to be cold it might as well snow.

“It was quiet and relaxing when it fell, much more relaxing than rain.”

Ms Czehmester said it was the first time she’d seen snow this winter.

Owner of the Woodend Newsagency, Raelene Cahill said they had gotten a 10 minute snow shower, but again it didn’t stick.

“Everyone was really excited, but they want it to snow properly,” she said.

“It was probably more sleet than snow, but still it was snow.”

Weatherzone meteorologist Josh Fisher said the cold weather was the result of an intense low pressure system over Bass Straight.

“It will continue to send strong south westerly winds as well as clouds and showers over Ballarat today,” he said.

“The low pressure system will move away from Victoria during Saturday so winds will ease and showers will contract east over the state.”

Mr Fisher said that if Ballarat didn’t go above seven degrees today it would be the coldest day of the year.

Temperatures are expected to warm towards the middle of next week.

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