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 10:48 am Thursday, 19 March 2020.


Vigorous west to northwesterly winds are expected to develop over the high country of southeastern New South Wales late Thursday or early Friday, ahead of an approaching cold front. The front is forecast to move across the state on Friday.

For areas above 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h are expected to develop late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

For remaining areas below 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible over elevated parts of Monaro, Southern Tablelands, and Illawarra between the morning and the early afternoon on Friday.

Winds are forecast to gradually ease during the later part of the afternoon on Friday as the front moves further east.

Locations which may be affected include Goulburn, Braidwood, Nimmitabel, Nerriga, and higher peaks about Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass 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.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* 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.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.