Grampians buffeted by strongest winds in Victoria

The Grampians have recorded the strongest wind gusts in the state. FILE IMAGE

The Grampians have recorded the strongest wind gusts in the state. FILE IMAGE

The Grampians' Mt William has recorded wind gusts of 128km/h since midnight on Sunday - the strongest gusts recorded in Victoria as at 11am Monday.

A strong cold front over southwestern Victoria this morning will reach 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 600m is expected by Monday night as the colder air spreads across the State.

A deep low pressure system passing through Bass Strait Tuesday will re-intensify winds from the west Tuesday morning, particularly near the western and central coastal fringe.

Damaging winds around 60km/h with peak gusts of 90-100km/h are forecast for parts of the South West and West and South Gippsland forecast districts, particularly with any heavy shower or thunderstorm activity.

Destructive winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 125 km/h may develop along the coastal fringe and elevated parts on Tuesday morning.

Damaging winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h are forecast for parts of the East Gippsland, Wimmera, North Central, North East and Central forecast districts, mainly with shower or thunderstorm activity.

As at 11am Monday, highest gusts recorded since midnight Sunday include 128km/h at Mt William, 108 km/h at Mount Hotham, 104 km/h at Mt Buller, 95km/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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