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 10:51 am Saturday, 5 August 2017.


A strong cold front is moving over southeastern New South Wales this morning, accompanied by vigorous northwest to southwesterly winds. Another front will move across the region during Sunday, maintaining gusty conditions in many areas.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible over the southern and central ranges today, extending to the coast in the Illawrrra district and northern parts of the South Coast district. Winds in these areas are expected to ease significantly by evening.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h, are likely over Alpine peaks above 1900 metres later tonight and Sunday. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS are possible in these areas. 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, Batemans Bay, Katoomba, Goulburn Cooma and Thredbo.

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.