UPDATED 7pm: The Bureau of Meteorology continues with a Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds for people in elevated parts of Central, East Gippsland, North Central, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.
Northerly winds forecast to strengthen across southern Victoria late on Friday ahead of a cold front.
Damaging winds, averaging 50-70 km/h with peak gusts of 90-100 km/h are possible over parts of the Central and North Central districts Friday night, extending to West and South Gippsland, East Gippsland and the North East districts early Saturday.
Damaging winds are expected to be restricted to above 1200m elevation.
Northerly winds are expected to shift west to southwesterly and rapidly ease on Saturday morning as a cold front crosses the State.
Locations which may be affected include Mt Baw Baw, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Omeo.
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;
This article was amended at 7pm to reflect increases in height above sea level [HASL] from 500m to 1200m, as issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.
This warning is expected to be updated by 11pm today.