Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:31 am Friday, 12 July 2019.

Squally winds about coastal areas and over the ranges.
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A westerly airflow will continue across the State on Friday as a cold front moves through today. Another cold front to move through southern Victoria during Saturday morning.

DAMAGING west to northwesterly winds averaging 60 to 70km/h with peak gusts of 90km/h are likely near the coast and also over elevated areas (above 800 metres) of Victoria, including the Grampians, the Otway Ranges and Strzelecki Ranges.

DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 90km/h may extend inland over the southwest for a period during this afternoon, most likely with any passing showers or thunderstorms.

BLIZZARD conditions are likely over Alpine areas with heavy snowfalls, particularly this afternoon and evening.

Whilst some easing is expected by this evening, there is the the risk of further DAMAGING WINDS during the weekend, mainly over coastal and Alpine areas.

Locations which may be affected include Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland, Wonthaggi, Falls Creek and Omeo.

Strongest wind gusts since midnight Thursday to 5am Friday include:

Mount William 100km/h at 12:26am

Mount Hotham 100km/h at 4:42am

Wilsons Promontory 93km/h at 2:38am

Cape Nelson 89km/h at 1:03am

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;