Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Illawarra, Snowy Mountains and parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:47 pm Thursday, 7 November 2019.

VIGOROUS WINDS OVER PARTS OF THE RANGES

A cold front crossed southern and central parts of New South Wales today, and another is expected to cross later on Friday. These systems are bringing vigorous west to northwesterly winds to parts of the southern and central ranges, extending to the Illawarra coast from Friday afternoon.

For the remainder of Thursday and during Friday, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible for eastern parts of the Southern and Central Tablelands, elevated parts of the Illawarra and South Coast districts, Alpine areas above 1600 metres and high country about Barrington Tops. For Alpine areas above 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h, are possible.

During Friday afternoon and evening, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, may also affect coastal parts of the Illawarra district.

Winds are expected to ease by Saturday morning after the passage of the second front.

Locations which may be affected include Bowral, Braidwood, Katoomba, Perisher, Thredbo Top Station, Bombala and the Barrington Tops, and, from Friday afternoon, Wollongong and Nowra.

BLIZZARDS are possible about the Alps on Friday. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

Moss Vale AWS recorded a wind gust of 87km/h at 7:55 am Thursday.

Mount Boyce AWS recorded a wind gust of 85km/h at 4:47am Thursday.

High Range (Wanganderry) recorded a wind gust of 83 km/h at 3:25am Thursday.

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.