With forecast showing that today is the coldest June day in Melbourne since 1998, with snow fall in areas around Ballarat and on the Great Ocean Rd. The team at Twisted History wanted to share the time Melbourne was blanketed with snow.

Such a phenomenon has been witnessed on several occasions, even in the heart of our great city. But only once and once only, has Melbourne had a snowstorm to equal the great old city’s of Europe. On the morning of the 31st of August 1849, the mercury dropped and snow began to fall, and soon old timers reminisced about their childhood as snow covered the streets, huts and tents. So deep was the covering that Melbourne came to a standstill, and the snowman population rivalled that of the inhabitants.