There’s a severe thunderstorm warning for Melbourne right now as a huge cold front brings blizzard like conditions.
A cold and unstable west to southwesterly airflow will persist across the State today.
DAMAGING WINDS, with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, are possible with thunderstorms and heavy showers across the warning area today. The risk is expected to diminish late this afternoon.
Blizzard conditions may be experienced at times over Alpine areas until late afternoon.
Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.
Strongest wind gusts recorded between midnight and 10.30am include:
122 km/h at Wilsons Promontory at 4.03am
119 km/h at Mt Hotham at 1.53am
102 km/h at Cape Nelson at 7.08am
96 km/h at Cape Otway at 5.54am
91 km/h at Port Fairy at 12.32am
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 5:00 pm AEST Wednesday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 217. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
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