Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:06 am Tuesday, 23 July 2019.

Strong and gusty northwesterly winds increasing later today.

Weather Situation: A cold front over far eastern Victoria will clear to the east by early afternoon. Another cold front will reach the southwest later this afternoon before crossing Victoria overnight.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h, are likely over the far eastern parts of the Alpine area (above 1200 metres) until early afternoon.

DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h, are expected to develop over the warning area from later this afternoon with elevated areas (above 500 metres) most at risk. Wind gusts over the Alpine region (above 1200 metres) may reach 120 km/h tonight.

Blizzard conditions are expected about the Alpine region (above 1200 metres) between 6pm and midnight tonight, with up to 20cm of new snow likely to fall during this period.

Winds are expected to ease early Wednesday morning as the cold front moves away to the east.

Locations which may be affected include Stawell, Horsham, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

Highest wind gusts recorded since 9am Monday:

- 91 km/h at Mt Buller at 6.35am today

- 89 km/h at Mt Hotham at 4.57am today

- 89 km/h at Cape Nelson at 3.44pm Monday

- 89 km/h at Kilmore Gap at 6.11pm Monday

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;