The Bendigo State Emergency Service unit said volunteers from that group and Marong had been called to two separate instances of people trapped in their vehicles.
The unit had received more than 20 calls for help related to flooding and building damage since 8pm on Friday, it said on Facebook.
Vic Emergency issued a warning for the Kangaroo Flat and Marong area late on Friday, saying flash flooding was affecting the Calder Highway from Bendigo to Wedderburn.
Weather forecasters have predicted damaging winds and large hailstones for the Mallee, South West, Northern Country, North Central and Wimmera. Storms, hail and snow down to 1100m are possible across the state, while Melbourne is forecast to hit a top of 16C.
A line of thunderstorms associated with a strong cold front is moving across Victoria tonight. Here is Mildura as the storms moved through with a nice shelf cloud around 10pm. A severe thunderstorm warning is current. https://t.co/DSf3lHlzgB pic.twitter.com/QKkrp1ieOV
— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) April 3, 2020
New South Wales will be hit with it’s “first cold outbreak” of the year, with snow and damaging winds forecast throughout the weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says temperatures across the state could drop by about six to eight degrees below the April average on Sunday and into Monday.
BOM Meteorologist Dr Helen Kirkup said the current weather system was moving through western parts of the state and would travel east over the weekend, bringing a cold front to the lower western region and more rainfall across north eastern parts of the state.
“Essentially there is just going to be a wind chill factor to take into account through this weekend as this first cold outbreak occurs,” Dr Kirkup said in a statement on Friday.
Severe Weather Update: series of cold fronts to impact southern and eastern Australia, bringing severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, heavy rain & snow. https://t.co/4tLveotOxx. pic.twitter.com/srUXfUFjv4
— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) April 3, 2020
A severe weather warning is in place for Saturday with damaging winds expected to hit the lllawarra and parts of the south coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and Snowy Mountains.
Marine wind warnings are also in place for the Byron, Coffs, Macquarie, Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans and Eden coasts on Saturday.
Dr Kirkup said some snow was expected over the NSW Alpine region on Sunday night.
“We don’t expect the snow falls to stay around for too long … but we are expecting that cold air will bring temperatures that feel a lot colder than what they actually are,” she said.
A sheep graziers warning is also in place for the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Riverina and Snowy Mountains due to cold temperatures, showers and strong westerly winds expected on Saturday.
In some parts of Tasmania, bush walkers have also been advised to expect snow as low as 600 metres over Saturday evening and early on Sunday.
The hazardous conditions are expected to occur in parts of the Western and Central Plateau.
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