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Cold front brings high winds, blizzard conditions to Alpine areas

Friday July 5, 2013 - 14:24 EST
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There were snowfalls of up to 15 cm at Falls Creek.There were snowfalls of up to 15 cm at Falls Creek. - ABC

Victoria's State Emergency Service (SES) had a busy night after strong winds swept across the state, battering coastal towns and elevated areas.

SES spokesman Toby Borella said they had and another 73 overnight.

Wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour (kph) brought down trees and branches in Sorrento, Healesville and Hastings.

The SES is urging drivers to be careful of fallen trees.

Damaging winds averaging 60kph are forecast with peak gusts of up to 100kph.

A severe weather warning for damaging winds and blizzard conditions remains in effect for the North Central, North East, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts.

In Alpine areas, blizzard conditions are forecast for areas above 1000 metres with wind gusts of up to 120 kph over 1200 metres.

A peak wind gust of 133 kph was recorded at Mount Buller at around 2:30am (AEST).

Up to 15 centimetres of snow has fallen at the Alpine resorts.

At Falls Creek, the temperature felt like minus 12.9C with the wind chill.


- ABC

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