Ballarat was battered by wind gusts of almost 55 K/ph last night as a strong cold front swept across the state.
There's been almost 7mm of rain recorded in the gauge so far with more rainfall expected from a southerly change in the middle of the day. A severe weather warning remains in place with gusts this afternoon in Alpine areas expected to reach 90 K/ph.
The first day of winter will see the city hit a top of just 8 degrees.
In the last 24 hours the SES has reported 84 calls for help across the state with 2 in Moyston in the Ballarat region.