Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for people in the Mallee, Wimmera, North Central, South West and Central forecast districts
Issued at 4:38 pm EST on Friday 1 August 2014.
A cold front has now reached eastern Victoria and an associated deep low pressure system lies southeast of Tasmania. These systems will move rapidly eastwards over the Tasman Sea tonight. Exceptionally cold conditions with low level snowfalls and hail showers will continue tonight but the winds will moderate rapidly with the exception of exposed coastal locations where gusts may still be close to 90 km/h into the evening. A high pressure system will approach the State early on Saturday and conditions will moderate further.
The Severe Weather Warning for parts of the Mallee, Wimmera, North Central, South West and Central forecast districts has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
A road weather alert for hazardous driving conditions remains current for greater Melbourne.
Wind gusts reached 124 km/h at Wilsons Promontory this afternoon. No recent gusts above 90 km/h have been recorded inland. Snowfalls have been extensive to low levels about 350 metres elevation across the State including the fringes of Melbourne.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Keep clear of fallen power lines.
- Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
No further warnings will be issued for this event.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300-659-217*.
The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.