Severe weather warning: A low pressure system to bring heavy rain to parts of the Wimmera with chance of flash flooding

A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for eastern parts of the Wimmera with heavy rain forecast to develop on Thursday evening.

The warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday morning

A low pressure system and associated upper trough located north of Adelaide are expected to move slowly southeast on Thursday, reaching the far northwest of Victoria by Friday afternoon.

The low and upper trough will then cross the remainder of the State later Friday and into Saturday.

The affected area for a severe weather warning.

The affected area for a severe weather warning.

“Heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding is expected to develop across parts of the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central districts during Thursday evening and continue into Friday morning,” the warning stated.

“24 hour totals of 30 to 50 millimetres are forecast, with most of the rain falling in a 12 hour period.

“Thunderstorms are possible over the northwest of the State later today and during Friday which may result in isolated higher totals of 50 to 70mm.” 

Locations which may be affected include Swan Hill, Kerang, Birchip, Stawell, St Arnaud and Maryborough. 

The State Emergency Service has advised that people should: 

  • Avoid walking, riding or driving through flood water; 
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains; 
  • Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks; 
  • Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads; 

The next Severe Weather Warning update will be issued by 5pm Thursday.

The latest warnings and forecasts are available on the Bureau’s website.