Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Illawarra, Northern Tablelands and parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and North West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:29 pm Friday, 8 November 2019.

VIGOROUS WINDS OVER PARTS OF THE RANGES AND ILLAWARRA

A cold front is crossing the state today. This system is bringing vigorous westerly winds to much of the state, particularly eastern districts. Conditions are expected to ease somewhat once the front moves away to the east later tonight or Saturday morning.

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, South Coast, Northern Slopes and Ranges, and high country about Barrington Tops today. During the afternoon and early evening, DAMAGING WINDS may also affect coastal parts of the Illawarra district.

Winds are expected to ease during Friday night or Saturday morning after the passage of the 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.

Thredbo Top Station recorded a mean wind speed 80 km/h or more from about 8pm Thursday. Peak gusts of 115 km/h were recorded around 9:55pm 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.