Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central, Mallee, South West, Northern Country, North Central, West and South Gippsland, Wimmera and parts of East Gippsland and North East Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:40 am Thursday, 8 August 2019.

Strong and squally winds developing later today.

Weather Situation: A strong cold front will reach western Victoria late this afternoon before crossing the remainder of the State tonight and Friday morning. An associated deep low pressure system is forecast to cross Bass Strait overnight tonight, passing to the south of Melbourne in the early hours of Friday morning.

DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 80 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop across western parts of the warning area later this afternoon before extending across remaining parts of the warning area tonight and early Friday.

Peak wind gusts may reach up to 110 km/h about southern parts of the South West and Central districts, including the south eastern and bayside suburbs of Melbourne, and the west Gippsland coast. About the Alpine region (above 1200 metres) peak gusts are expected to reach 120 km/h.

Localised DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS to 130 km/h are possible southwest of a line from Casterton to Cape Otway from late this afternoon until early Friday morning.

Blizzards are likely about the Alpine region (above 1200 metres) tonight and Friday morning.

Winds are expected to ease over the western and central parts of the warning area during Friday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Portland, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Seymour, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon, Wonthaggi, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

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;