Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Snowy Mountains and parts of Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:59 pm Friday, 13 April 2018.

GUSTY WINDS OVER SOUTHERN RANGES SATURDAY WITH COLD FRONT

Weather Situation: A cold front approaching New South Wales from the west is expected to cross southeastern parts of the state on Saturday during the late afternoon or early evening. Northwesterly winds will strengthen during Saturday ahead of the front, with the strongest winds expected around the time of its passage. Winds will shift westerly in the wake of the front and remain strong through Sunday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are likely for Alpine areas above 1500 metres from early Saturday morning. From mid Saturday afternoon, DAMAGING WINDS may possibly also affect the remainder of the Snowy Mountains district and also parts of the Southern Tablelands, Illawarra and South Coast districts.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h are likely for Alpine areas over 1900 metres from late Friday.

Winds are currently expected to ease later on Sunday.

BLIZZARDS are expected for areas above 1800 metres late Saturday and Sunday morning, and are also possible for areas above 1500 metres. The National Parks Service of NSW recommends that people consider postponing back country travel until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Therdbo, Perisher, Braidwood, Goulburn, Cooma, Bombala 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.