Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.

Issued at 12:07 pm Wednesday, 8 September 2021.

STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS DEVELOPING ON THURSDAY

Weather Situation: A high pressure system lies over western NSW, while a series of fronts move through the Southern Ocean. During Thursday, the first of these fronts is forecast to pass to the south, resulting in strong and gusty west to northwesterly winds over the southeast of NSW and the ACT, most likely about elevated areas. Conditions are expected to ease briefly on Friday as the front moves away, before re-invigorating on the weekend as another frontal system moves across the region.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible over the Snowy Mountains, and parts of the South West Slopes and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts from Thursday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h are possible for Alpine areas above 1900 metres from Thursday morning.

Winds are expected to ease during the day on Friday, though the potential for damaging winds redevelops over a similar area on Saturday and Sunday.

BLIZZARDS are possible about Alpine areas above 1900 metres from Thursday morning, easing during Friday. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Thredbo, Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass, Selwyn and Adaminaby.

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.