Severe weather warning issued for Ballarat region

A strong cold front will reach southwestern Victoria this morning, central areas of the State in the afternoon and the northeast by the evening.

Strong to gale force northerly winds ahead of the front will shift west to northwesterly following the front, with scattered showers, local hail and thunder to follow. Snow down to 700m is expected by Monday night as the colder air spreads across the State.

Damaging winds around 60 to 80 km/h are expected over southern and mountain districts, with gusts around 90 to 100km/h. Peak gusts of 100-120 km/h are expected over elevated areas.

Blizzard conditions are forecast for Alpine regions of the North East and Gippsland forecast districts.

As at 5am Monday - Highest gusts recorded since midnight Sunday include 128km/h at Mt William, 98 km/h at Mt Buller, 94km/h at Sth Channel Island, 91km/h at Melbourne Airport and Fawkner Beacon.

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.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

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