Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:20 am Friday, 12 July 2019.

VIGOROUS WINDS OVER SOUTHEAST NEW SOUTH WALES

Weather Situation: An approaching cold front is generating vigorous northwest to southwesterly winds. This front is forecast to cross the state later tonight and during Saturday. Winds are expected to ease later on Saturday following the passage of the 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) during Friday and Saturday.

For the Sydney Metropolitan, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible during Saturday.

For Alpine areas above 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h, are possible.

Winds are forecast to gradually ease during Saturday following the passage of the 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.

Perisher Valley AWS recorded a wind gust of 104 km/h at 4:07am and 102 km/h at 3:30am on Friday.

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 and 91 km/h at 5:46am on Friday.

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.