There's another severe weather warning today for damaging winds across the south-west.
You can add a gale marine wind warning for the west coast and of course a sheep farmers alert for cold temperatures, rain and showers and gusty north-westerly winds during Wednesday.
There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
A strong and gusty northerly airstream is persisting over Victoria as a cold front approaches the state from the west.
The front and an associated squally wind change will cross Victoria during the day.
Damaging northerly winds, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h, are expected about elevated parts of Victoria (above 600m) throughout the day.
Blizzard conditions are likely about Alpine peaks.
From Wednesday morning, a squally west to north-westerly wind change will cross the state from the west.
There's also possible hail, showers and thunderstorms.
Winds are expected to ease below warning thresholds by early Wednesday evening.
Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Melbourne, Geelong, Horsham, Bendigo, Seymour, Maryborough and Ballarat.
Strongest wind gusts to 5am Wednesday morning:
- 122 km/h at Mt Hotham at 1:08am
- 119 km/h at Mt Buller at 10:20pm
- 105 km/h at Mt William at 7:01pm
- 104 km/h at Fawkner Beacon at 8:55pm
- 96km/h at Kilmore Gap at 12:12am
- 91 km/h at St Kilda Harbour at 8:44pm
- 85 km/h at Warrnambool at 3.39am
- 87km/h at Mount Gellibrand at 7.40am
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
- Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
- Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
- Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
- If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
- Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
- Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
- Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.
For the south-west it will be cloudy with a 95 per cent chance of showers, becoming less likely late this afternoon and evening.
Snow is possible above 900 metres in the evening.
Daytime maximum temperatures will be around 13 degrees, but feel a lot less due to the cold wind.
At 7.45am it was 10.5 in Warrnambool, felt like 4 and we've had just 2mm of rain since 9am yesterday.
On the top of Mount William it's currently 2.5 degrees and feels like -9.
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