THE region had a real taste of winter at the weekend, with snow falling in the Grampians and more than 30 millimetres of rain recorded in some towns.
Snow turned parts of the Grampians into a winter wonderland, with snow falling for the first time this winter.
Mt William recorded a chilly overnight temperature of -1.7 degrees on Saturday, which was cold enough for snow to settle on the ground.
Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre co-ordinator Jason Meehan said the snow stayed around for most of Sunday before disappearing.
He said on Monday there was still some snow left on Mt William, but a heavy coating at Boroka Lookout had melted.
He said it was the first time it had snowed in the Grampians this year.
“Once word got around about the snow, lots of people came to have a look,” he said.
“It was a pretty cold day on Sunday, but people were still keen.
“We definitely had an increase in phone calls and people coming in."
Horsham’s Angela Matheson took her three children to see the snow. “It was great – the kids were very excited,” she said.
“It's the first time they have seen falling snow.
“They had a great time pelting each other with snow balls.”
The Wimmera also had a wet weekend. Since Friday, Edenhope has recorded 32mm and Nhill 26mm.
Great Western recorded 32mm in 24 hours between 9am on Sunday and 9am on Monday..
In the same period, Natimuk received 21mm and Rupanyup received 15.6mm.
So far this month, Apsley has received 48mm, Ararat 40.2mm, Edenhope 38.2mm, Goroke 35mm and Kaniva 33.2mm.
Senior Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Stewart said the rain was the result of a front passing through on Saturday.
“Behind that front was an unstable north-westerly airflow, pushing showers up through the area during Sunday,” he said.
Mr Stewart said the rain would dry up for the next few days. “We’re going to have a couple of days where there won’t be too much,” he said.
Mr Stewart said later in the week, another front was expected to pass through Victoria, but it would only bring isolated showers in the south.