The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) advises a strong cold front is currently moving through Victoria with damaging winds averaging 40 to 60 km/h with gusts to 100 km/h forecast for Central and parts of East Gippsland, South West, North Central, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.
Wind gusts up to 100 km/h are possible during thunderstorms and predicted to ease following the passage of the cold front this evening.
Snow is expected to fall in Tasmania, Victoria and southern parts of New South Wales, with enough moisture in the atmosphere to produce two to five centimetres of snow at some of Australia’s main ski resorts during Saturday and Sunday.
Locations which may be affected include Kyneton, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Kinglake, Toolangi, Healeseville, Yea, Alexandra, Wonthaggi and Bacchus Marsh.
The State Emergency Service (SES) 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 update will be issued by 11:00 pm AEDT Friday.