Wild winds with rain and snow to come

Wild winds with rain and snow to come


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RUG UP: Icy winds and snowfalls down to 600m expected in the next few days, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.

RUG UP: Icy winds and snowfalls down to 600m expected in the next few days, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.

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More wind, rain and even snow down to 600 metres forecast in the days ahead.

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The wild weather of the last day or so is set to intensify for the east of Victoria tomorrow and over the weekend.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dickson said gusts of 90 to 100 kilometres an hour were widespread across the state last night, with Mt Hotham recording the top speed of 124km/hr.

Falls of up to 37mm were recorded in Victoria's far southwest of the state but totals of 5-15mm were more general.

Mr Dickson said the threat from damaging winds was now shifting to alpine and coastal areas, with speeds as high as 90km/hr expected.

It will be cold, too. Snow may blanket peaks down to 600m and the alps could see 20 to 50 cm of snowfall on Friday.

The rainfall will move mostly to southern and mountain areas, with West and South Gippsland picking up a few showers over the weekend.

The strong, cold winds will make windchill quite significant, Mr Dickson said, "so it will feel a lot colder than the advertised temperatures".

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