Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of East Gippsland, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.

Issued at 7:46 am Friday, 16 July 2021.

STRONG NORTHWESTERLY WINDS DEVELOPING

Weather Situation: A cold front associated with a low pressure system to the southwest of Victoria will approach the State's west late Friday, and cross the State during Saturday.

DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible at elevations above 1000m during Friday afternoon and evening, most likely about the Alpine peaks.

Blizzard conditions are possible about peaks from Friday evening.

Winds gusts are expected to ease during Saturday afternoon.

Locations which may be affected include Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
* Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
* Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
* Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Stay indoors and away from windows.
* If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.