Flood watch issued

A FLOOD watch for the Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister and Avon catchments and South Gippsland Basin has been issued.

A low pressure system just east of Melbourne will move southeastwards and be located well east of Tasmania by this evening. An associated cold front will cross the state during today.

A second cold front will approach western Victoria late today and move across Bass Strait on Saturday, followed by another cold front extending across southern Victoria Sunday night or early Monday.

In the 24 hours to 9am Friday, rainfall totals of up to 49mm have been recorded in the north east catchments. Isolated rainfall totals of 10 to 20mm are expected for the remainder of Friday. Snow is forecast down to 1100m during Friday.

The recent rainfall has caused significant stream rises and areas of flooding in the West and South Gippsland catchments. Flood warnings are current for the Latrobe, Moe and Tanjil Rivers.

The forecast rainfall is not expected to cause additional areas of flooding.

River levels may reach the tops of banks or flow over into low lying areas.

Local roads may be closed and low bridges may be under water.

Caravan parks and camping areas may be flooded, requiring relocation to higher ground.