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 5:35 pm Wednesday, 7 August 2019.
Strong and squally winds developing later on Thursday.

Weather Situation: A strong cold front will reach western Victoria late on Thursday afternoon before crossing the remainder of the State on Thursday night and Friday morning. An associated deep low pressure system is forecast to cross Bass Strait overnight Thursday into Friday.

DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop across western parts of the warning area late on THURSDAY afternoon before extending across remaining parts of the warning area on THURSDAY night.

Peak wind gusts may reach up to 110 km/h about the southwest and central coasts and elevated terrain (above 500 metres), while about the Alpine region (above 1200 metres) peak gusts are expected to reach 120 km/h.

Blizzards are likely about the Alpine region (above 1200 metres) during Thursday night 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, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon, 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;