Weather warning for north-west Victoria

Heavy rain is expected to fall in the area between Bendigo, Swan Hill and Horsham later today.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a weather warning saying a low pressure system and associated upper trough located north of Adelaide is expected to move slowly southeast during the day.

It will reach the remainder of the state over Friday and Saturday.

BOM has warned the heavy rain may result in flash flooding across parts of the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central districts during Thursday evening and continue into Friday morning.

Forecasts predict between 30 and 50 millimetres of rain is expected to fall over a 12-hour period. 

Thunderstorms are possible over the northwest of the state which may result in isolated higher rainfall of up to 70mm. 

Swan Hill, Kerang, Birchip, Stawell, St Arnaud and Maryborough are expected to be the most affected.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 

  • Don't walk, ride or drive 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 weather warning update will be at 5pm. Log on to for more.