High Winds, Rain And Snow Set To Hit Victoria

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High winds are expected to continue lashing Victoria before snow and rain begin falling on Friday, the weather bureau warns.

A gale warning will be in place for the west and central coasts and central Gippsland coast while a strong wind warning has been issued for Port Phillip and the east Gippsland coast.

Blustery winds would start to ease across the state before daybreak while the strongest winds would hit the alpine areas, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Dean Stewart told AAP.

While the wind warnings might be lifted by early morning, there will still be rain and snow on the way, he added.

Up to 5mm of rain is expected in Melbourne's western suburbs and up to 10mm in the southeast, senior forecaster Stephen King said.

"That rain will continue over to the northeast of the state during Friday, producing 10 to 20mm," Mr King said.

"It will initially be falling as rain but will eventually be falling as snow."

He expects up to 40cm of snow will blanket alpine areas from mid-Friday into the weekend.

Mr King said Saturday would be "miserable" as the "wintry blast" hit the state, suggesting a movie marathon instead of the great outdoors.

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