Severe weather warning for much of Victoria

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 7.30am

A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for much of the state, including parts of North East Victoria.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a strong cold front will cross Victoria this morning and early afternoon. Strengthening northerly winds are expected ahead of a gusty westerly change.

Damaging winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop over western Victoria over the next few hours before extending to central and eastern parts later in the morning. Damaging winds are more likely to affect elevated and coastal areas. Damaging gusts are also likely with passing showers or thunderstorms.

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

Winds are expected to rapidly ease over the west in the early afternoon then ease throughout Wednesday night.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon and Bairnsdale. Falls Creek and surrounding alpine areas fall within the warning area.

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; 

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEDT Wednesday.

TUESDAY 1pm:

A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for much of the state, including parts of North East Victoria.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a strong cold front will cross Victoria on Wednesday and strengthening northerly winds are expected ahead of a gusty westerly change.

Damaging winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop over western Victoria early Wednesday morning, before extending to central and eastern areas of the state later in the morning.

Damaging gusts are also likely with passing showers.

The winds are expected to ease over the west in the early afternoon, before calming elsewhere on Wednesday night.

Falls Creek and surrounding alpine areas fall within the warning area.

The SES advises people to move vehicles under cover or away from trees, secure or put away loose items around the house, yard and balcony, and keep clear of fallen power lines.