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The first snowfall of the year has landed on Mount Macedon, creating picturesque but slippery conditions for travellers on the road.

Mount Macedon CFA community safety co-ordinator Nicky Haslinghouse expects colder temperatures are still to come.

“While it’s always hard to predict how many days of snow we’ll see on Mount Macedon in a season, last week’s snowfall is unlikely to be the last given how very cold and wet it can get in winter,” she said.

“Mount Macedon is a beautiful place and it’s understandable that snow brings joy and excitement for so many locals and visitors alike – but, it can be as dangerous as it is lovely.”

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She cautions residents and visitors to take care on the winding roads and provides some VicRoads tips for driving.

“Some key points are: maintain a safe distance to the car in front, turn your headlights on and use fog or hazard lights at times of low visibility and drive with two hands on the wheel,” she said.

“Brake with steady pressure, avoid braking when cornering and if you hit ice, remain calm and apply the brakes gently to slowly regain traction.

“We’re hoping for a safe and enjoyable winter on the mountain for all.”

SES Victoria told the North Central Review to make sure drivers monitor weather conditions and plan trips accordingly.

They said to be vigilant, drive to conditions and stay informed about your area – call 132 500 if you need assistance.

Stay up to date with the latest emergency information via www.emergency.vic.gov.au  or the VicEmergency app.

People can follow Mount Macedon CFA on Facebook or Instagram @mountmacedoncfa to find accurate, timely advice and information about community matters throughout the year, especially during the fire season.

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