Serious Snow Dump Coming For Victoria

Risk Of Deadly Avalanches

Serious Snow Dump Coming For Victoria SCA Archive

The State Emergency Service has issued another avalanche warning for parts of Victoria, ahead of a massive snow dump this week.

Victorians have been told to avoid skiing, snowboarding and hiking in remote unpatrolled areas, with an increased risk of avalanches in back country alpine areas due to the forecast heavy snowfalls and strong winds.

The cold temperatures, further snowfalls and persistent wind will prolong the risk of avalanches until mid to late week.

Just like the safest area to play at the beach is in patrolled water, the same rule applies in the mountains. Everyone is being advised to take part in their winter activities only within patrolled resort areas.

Think you're an experienced skier or snowboarder and you know better? Don't risk it in the backcountry, with authorities saying the biggest risks are on steep slopes that face between east and south, especially at higher elevations and near ridge tops.

If you're driving into the mountains this week, be aware of weather and road conditions, driving only on main roads and never down a track which is closed.

For the latest road closure information, check the VicTraffic website for road closures or call 13 11 70.

For information on staying safe in the snow, visit Snow Safe, and the latest warnings are at the VicEmergency website.