Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:07 am Friday, 10 June 2022.

Damaging winds and Alpine blizzard conditions developing across eastern Victoria Saturday.

Weather Situation:
A series of cold fronts embedded in a vigorous southwesterly flow will sweep rapidly across eastern Victoria; the first main feature will traverse eastern Victoria Saturday morning, with the second feature sweeping through eastern Victoria overnight Saturday into Sunday morning.

Locally DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60-70 km/h with peak DAMAGING WIND GUSTS up to 110 km/h are possible over exposed coastal locations over eastern East Gippsland and Alpine areas from Saturday morning.

Strong winds averaging 50-60 km/h with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS of around 90 km/h are possible over the Strzelecki Ranges and remaining areas from Saturday morning.

Winds are expected to gradually ease below warning thresholds from the west during Sunday afternoon, and throughout by late Sunday evening.

BLIZZARD conditions are forecast over Alpine areas above 1200m from Saturday morning, easing Sunday afternoon and evening.

Locations which may be affected include Mallacoota, Gelantipy, Bonang, Mt Baw Baw, Falls Creek and Omeo.

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.