Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central West Slopes and Plains, Riverina, Lower Western and Upper Western Forecast Districts.

Issued at 11:00 pm Tuesday, 26 April 2022.

Heavy rainfall forecast for western New South Wales this evening and early Wednesday morning.

Weather Situation: An upper low over northeast NSW is interacting with a deep, tropical airmass to produce areas of heavy rainfall with embedded thunderstorms over western New South Wales tonight and early on Wednesday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast to continue over the central inland tonight and early Wednesday. Six hourly rainfall totals between 40 to 60 mm are possible, with thunderstorm activity potentially resulting in six hourly totals up to 75 mm.

The threat of heavy rainfall will ease during Wednesday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Tibooburra, Cobar, Wanaaring, Broken Hill, Ivanhoe and Menindee.

Significant rainfall today:

68mm in 12 hours to 5:21pm at Fowlers Gap

64mm in 10 hours to 7:45 pm at Inkerman

53.2mm in 12 hours to 6:24pm at Broken Hill

41mm in 12 hours to 4:40pm at Wilcannia

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* 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.