Weather warning as rain, strong winds approach

Weather warning as rain, strong winds approach


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Western and eastern Victoria could be affected by damaging winds.

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Picture: BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY

Picture: BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY

Kyneton, Ballarat, Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh, Bright and Falls Creek are among the areas forecast to possibly experience damaging winds on Wednesday, with a severe weather warning issued.

The Bureau of Meteorology says damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are expected to develop across elevated parts of western Victoria during the early hours of Wednesday then extend throughout the remainder of the warning area during Wednesday morning.

Destructive winds, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts of in excess of 125 km/h are forecast to develop across elevated areas (above 1200 metres) of eastern Victoria during Wednesday morning.

Senior meteorologist Christie Johnson said the winds would ease on Wednesday night, but were likely to strengthen again on Thursday.

“Then through Friday and the weekend, we’re expecting westerly winds in the wake of quite a strong cold front coming through on Friday, and those fresh to strong westerly winds will continue right through the weekend,” Ms Johnson said.

There would be some rain in parts of the state on Wednesday, she said, but most would start on Thursday and continue into the weekend.

Saturday is likely to bring the most rain.

For anyone heading to the mountains this weekend, snow is forecast to fall in the alpine region from Friday onwards.

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