Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the Illawarra and parts of the South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:57 pm Friday, 4 August 2017.

STRONG WINDS OVER PARTS OF SOUTHEASTERN NEW SOUTH WALES ON SATURDAY

SYNOPTIC SITUATION:
A vigorous cold front is expeccted to pass over southeastern parts of the state on Saturday morning, with strong northwest to southwesterly winds expected. wind gusts may possibly reach damaging strength.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible locally from early Saturday morning until mid-afternoon over the southern and central ranges, extending to the coast in the Illawrrra district and in the north of the South Coast district. The most likely time for these gusts to occur is late Saturday morning.

Winds are expected to ease later in the day.

BLIZZARDS are possible from early Saturday morning until late afternoon over the higher parts of the Snowy Mountains district.

The National Parks Service of NSW recommends that people consider postponing back country travel until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Braidwood, Katoomba, Goulburn, Cooma, Jindabyne, Thredbo, Bredbo and Nimmitabel.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.