Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:36 pm Friday, 15 June 2018.


A number of cold fronts associated with a low pressure system south of Tasmania are expected to cross New South Wales today and tomorrow. Vigorous westerly winds will peak with the passage of these fronts.

DAMAGING WESTERLY WINDS, averaging above 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h about the Illawarra, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Australian Capital Territory, Snowy Mountains and South Coast districts will ease this evening. Winds are then expected redevelop early Saturday morning and again ease later Saturday afternoon or evening.

Winds over the Snowy Mountains above 1900 metres are likely to average above 85 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h later Friday night and early Saturday morning.

BLIZZARD conditions are expected about the Snowy Mountains above 1500 metres during this period.

Winds over the western parts of the Snowy Mountains are expected to ease Saturday morning.

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

Locations which may be affected include Thredbo, Nowra, Bowral, Braidwood, Goulburn, Cooma and Bombala.

At 3:00 am on Friday 15 June, Thredbo Top Station Automatic Weather Station recorded a mean wind speed of 87 km/h.

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.