Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds and blizzard conditions
for people in the Mallee, Wimmera, North Central, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts
Issued at 10:05 am EST on Friday 1 August 2014.
A second cold front has now entered southwestern Victoria and will move rapidly northeastwards across the remainder of State during the afternoon with a very cold and squally southwest to southerly airflow to follow. Low level snowfalls and widespread showers with hail and thunder and wind squalls near 90 km/h are expected. A high pressure system will approach the State early on Saturday and conditions will moderate.
Damaging wind squalls with peak gusts of 90 km/h are forecast to develop over western and southern areas of the State during the day, mainly associated with showers and thunderstorms.
Blizzard conditions are forecast for Alpine areas.
The Severe Weather Warning for parts of the Northern Country and North East forecast districts has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
Wind gusts reached 87 km/h at Airey's Inlet this morning. Snow has been reported in the Otways and around the Macedon ranges.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
- 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.
The next warning will be issued by 5:00 pm EST Friday.
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.