Icy wind, rain set to rip through region

By Madeleine Caccianiga

An icy wind will blow through the Goulburn Valley today with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a severe weather warning.

Bureau Victoria senior forecaster Dean Stewart said damaging winds, averaging 60km/h to 70km/h with peak gusts of about 100km/h, were predicted for elevated areas in the west of the state this morning.

‘‘We’ve got a cold front, which has moved from South Australia, moving across Victoria ... as that front comes across not only a band of rain associated with it but also some quite strong gusty winds, particularly about our elevated areas of the state,’’ he said.

According to the bureau’s website yesterday, Shepparton was expected to cop 10mm to 25mm of rain, with a 95 per cent chance of possible heavy falls during the day.

‘‘We’re expecting quite widespread falls of 25mm to 35mm, tending to taper off a little as we get towards our northern border and over southern Victoria with most totals between 10mm and 20mm,’’ Mr Stewart said.

Winds are expected to ease from the west during the afternoon, following early morning thunderstorms with heavy rain and possible flash flooding in the southern Mallee and Wimmera.

‘‘Over north-west Victoria there is a chance that we’ll see some thunderstorm activity coming in with this frontal system and that could lead to some isolated higher totals up around 40 to 45mm and, because it’s going to come down quite quickly, there is the potential of some flash flooding,’’ Mr Stewart said.

The State Emergency Service advised people to move vehicles under cover, secure loose items around the home, keep clear of fallen power lines, avoid walking, riding or driving through floodwater and be alert in areas recently affected by fires, as heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.

Conditions are expected to ease tomorrow, with a top of 16°C and a medium chance of showers at night.