Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Snowy Mountains Forecast District.

Issued at 10:30 am Friday, 10 August 2018.

North to northwesterly winds will increase over much of New South Wales during today, as a strong cold front approaches from the west. Winds are expected to become especially vigorous over the higher Alps.
DAMAGING WINDS averaging 80 to 100 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h, are likely in Alpine areas above 1900 metres.
Winds are expected to remain at this strength until a cold front moves through around midday Saturday.

Blowing snow is expected, and BLIZZARD CONDITIONS are possible. The National Parks Service of NSW recommends that people consider postponing back country travel until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Thredbo, Mount Perisher and Charlotte Pass.
Thredbo Top Automatic Weather Station has averaged above 80 km/h since 3am Friday August 10 with a wind gust of 120 km/h recorded at 10:17am.

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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.