Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:39 am Sunday, 19 September 2021.

VIGOROUS ALPINE WINDS EXPECTED SUNDAY AND MONDAY

Northwesterly winds across the ranges and southeastern New South Wales will increase today as a cold front approaches, and are expected to continue during Monday before easing later in the day as the front moves away to the east.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely for areas of the Snowy Mountains above 1500 metres during Sunday afternoon or evening. DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h are likely for Alpine areas above 1900m.

Winds expected to ease during Monday afternoon following the passage of the cold front.

BLIZZARD conditions are forecast for the Snowy Mountains district above 1600m during Monday morning.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

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

Thredbo Top Station has recorded sustain winds of 75-80 km/h at times on Sunday morning.

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.