Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:38 pm Thursday, 11 July 2019.

VIGOROUS WINDS OVER SOUTHEAST NEW SOUTH WALES

Weather Situation: A cold front crossed southern New South Wales today, and a second cold front is forecast to cross the state overnight Friday into Saturday morning. Vigorous northwest to southwesterly winds are expected with both these systems, with winds only easing later Saturday after the passage of the second front.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible for the Illawarra, northern parts of the South Coast, eastern parts of the Central Tablelands (including the Blue Mountains) and parts of the Southern Ranges (including the Australian Capital Territory) tonight and during Friday. Damaging winds are likely on Friday for eastern parts of the southern and central ranges and the Illawarra.

For Alpine areas above 1600 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h, are possible.

Winds are forecast to ease during Saturday following the passage of the second cold front.

BLIZZARDS are likely for Alpine areas above 1600 metres. Blizzard conditions are currently forecast to ease during Saturday. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Moruya Heads, Katoomba, Goulburn, Cooma, Bombala, Thredbo and Perisher.

Thredbo Top Station recorded a peak wind gust of 115 km/h at 1:49am Thursday and a mean wind speed of 93 km/h at 3:10pm Wednesday. Additional gusts of 109 km/h were also observed on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Cooma Airport recorded a peak wind gust of 106 km/h at 1:28am and 93 km/h at 12:24am on Thursday.

Gudgenby (PCS) recorded a wind gust of 102 km/h at 12:00am on Thursday.

Bombala AWS recorded a wind gust of 96 km/h at 2:38am on Thursday.

Moss Vale AWS recorded a peak wind gust of 96 km/h at 4:47am on Thursday.

Nowra AWS recorded a peak wind gust of 96 km/h at 6:30am on Thursday.

Braidwood AWS recorded a wind gust of 93 km/h at 1:34am on Thursday.

Cabramurra AWS recorded a wind gust of 91 km/h at 3:54am on Thursday.

Mount Boyce AWS recorded a peak wind gust of 96 km/h at 7:09pm on Thursday.

High Range (Wanganderry) recorded wind gusts of 91 km/h at 5:28am and 11:00am on Thursday.

Goulburn Airport AWS recorded a wind gust of 89 km/h at 2:32am on Thursday.

Mount Ginini AWS recorded a wind gust of 89 km/h at 10:13pm on 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.