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Hail blankets Victoria Cape Paterson like snow

Cape Paterson, 132 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, was blanketed in hail. Courtesy: Brad Richards/Supplied

A Victorian seaside town has been left looking like a snowfield after being blanketed in hail as a cold snap hit the state.

Cape Paterson, 132km south-east of Melbourne, was hit with the hailstones on Friday, and a severe weather warning is in place for the area, with the SES citing dangerous driving conditions.

The beach and town centre were covered in hail and some residents were forced to shovel the ice away from their doors.

Motorists in Cape Paterson, Wonthaggi and Bass Coast have been urged by the SES to beware of the hazardous conditions.

“Please ensure to have your headlights switched on, drive to the conditions and be aware of hail on roads,” the SES said.

The sight was similar to scenes at Mt Hotham, but the ski resort has instead received a dumping of snow.

Rainfall also hit Melbourne overnight and is set to continue through the afternoon, bringing the wettest day of the year.

The heaviest rainfalls on Friday were west of the city, with Aireys Inlet recording 53mm and Ballarat, close to 40mm.

In the city, only 7mm of rain has fallen but more is on the way, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Keris Arndt said.

“It looks like the heaviest stuff has moved a bit further west of Melbourne,” Arndt said.

“But by mid to late morning, we’re expecting more of a southerly push, which should result in showers reaching the city, so we are likely to still see more in Melbourne.”

The wet, chilly weather is also forecast to bring more snow to alpine areas, in altitudes as low as 1,000m, with around 5cm to 10cm possible.