Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 4:20 pm Tuesday, 20 August 2019.


Weather Situation: Vigorous northwest to southwesterly winds are expected across southeastern New South Wales as a cold front clips the southeast on Wednesday morning, followed by a second front on Thursday morning. Winds will ease in the wake of these fronts later Thursday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible for the Southern Tablelands (including parts of the Australian Capital Territory), Snowy Mountains, Illawarra, higher parts of the South Coast and southeastern parts of the Central Tablelands forecast districts during Wednesday morning and again during Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

For Alpine areas above 1900 metres: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 75 to 85 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h are possible for Alpine areas above 1900 metres on Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

Winds are expected to ease during Thursday after the passage of the second front.

BLIZZARD conditions are likely at times from Tuesday evening through to Thursday morning. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Thredbo Top, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Goulburn, Cooma and Yass.

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 (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.