Strong winds, rain and snow on the way for Victoria

Strong winds, rain and snow on the way for Victoria

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BATTEN DOWN: Cold and gusty weather is on the way for Victoria this weekend.

BATTEN DOWN: Cold and gusty weather is on the way for Victoria this weekend.

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It's going to be a cold weekend across the state.

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Victorians are being warned to brace for wild weather this weekend as a series of cold fronts across the state.

Snow flurries could fall as low as 400 metres above sea level, forecasters say, while rainfall totals of up to 80 millimetres could be recorded in north-east Victoria.

Bureau of Meteorology Tom Delamotte the cold weather had prompted forecasters to warn about the potential danger of damaging winds.

"The first of those (cold fronts) is going to move through on Saturday morning and then another strong cold front over the night on Saturday into Sunday with a third strong cold front to move through on Sunday night," Mr Delamotte said.

"It will be very windy across much of Victoria on Saturday and Sunday, particularly western and central parts of the state and then along the eastern ranges."

The BoM said the south-west coast could also experience damaging wind gusts during the weekend.

"Elsewhere there is a slight risk of some damaging wind gusts and even if we don't reach that damaging wind level we are expecting winds to be quite strong and gusty right through Saturday and Sunday," he said.

The highest falls are predicted to be in the north-east ranges with totals between 60-80mm forecast.

"A lot of that will fall as snow though, particularly about the alpine resorts," Mr Delamotte said.

The south-west of the state could receive as much as 30mm over the weekend.

Mr Delamotte said snow could fall as love as 500m over Saturday night into Sunday, with flurries falling down to 400m

"We're likely to see snow falling about the central ranges, the Otways, the Grampians ... and the Macedon Ranges and Dandenong Ranges," he said.

The BoM also urged people to tie down loose items and to clear their gutters to avoid flooding.

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