Today across the south-west there's a near 100 per cent chance of showers and also a possible thunderstorm.
There will be gusty winds and possible hail.
Winds will be northerly 15 to 20 km/h tending north-westerly 25 to 35 km/h early in the morning then increasing to 30 to 40 km/h in the late evening.
At 7am in Warrnambool it was a mild 6.6 degrees but felt like -1 and we've had 0.8mm of rain since 9am Wednesday.
Warrnambool is today expecting a top of 11 degrees, Hamilton 10, Colac 10, Ararat 10, Casterton 11, Mortlake 11, Heywood 11, Portland 11, Port Fairy 11, Terang 11 and Camperdown 10.
The cold blast is expected to continue through the weekend with top temperatures during the next three days between nine and 11 degrees.
Winds are expected to ease over the western and central parts of the warning area during Friday morning.
In addition to the gale wind warning and the sheep graziers alert issued yesterday, there's a severe weather warning across Victoria.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h.
A VicRoads spokesman said bad weather should prompt drivers to slow down and use extreme care.
"Conditions can change quickly. Be vigilant at all times and ensure there are no distractions that will take your focus off the road," he said.
"Make sure loads are secure, particularly on elevated roadways. Pay attention to overhead signage as speeds will be reduced when winds increase.
"Should you encounter fallen power lines, stay well clear and immediately call Triple Zero."
Drivers are reminded to ensure they leave extra space between them and the car in front, as braking distances double in wet conditions.
"Be sure to turn headlights on, and be extra vigilant for cyclists and motorbikes which are harder to see," he said.
"If the rain becomes too heavy for wipers to cope, pull over safely and wait for the rain to pass.
"If you encounter snow, drive cautiously with two hands on the wheel and steady pressure on the accelerator. Brake with steady pressure and avoid braking when cornering.
"Black ice is common across Victoria during winter. Check for black ice warnings by visiting traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au," he said.
If you see any hazards on our roads, please report them to the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70. In an emergency, call Triple Zero.
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;
A low pressure trough over central Victoria will cross eastern districts this morning as deep low pressure system and associated front cross the Bight.
The low is expected to enter western Bass Strait later today then weaken as a new low develops east of Tasmania, while the front will enter western Victoria tonight and cross the rest of the state early on Friday.
The new low will deepen throughout Friday, resulting in a cold and vigorous south to south-westerly air stream across Victoria which will persist across the weekend as the low moves slowly east across the Tasman Sea.
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