Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 5:08 am Saturday, 13 July 2019.

VIGOROUS WINDS OVER SOUTHEAST NEW SOUTH WALES THIS WEEKEND

Weather Situation: A cold front is currently moving east through eastern parts of New South Wales, and will generate vigorous west to southwesterly winds through parts of the state today. Winds are likely to ease in most locations by the end of Saturday. However, another cold front is expected to briefly clip southeastern New South Wales on Sunday afternoon, bringing a resurgence of gusty winds to southeastern districts from Sunday afternoon to early Monday.

FOR SATURDAY: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible for the Illawarra, eastern parts of the Central Tablelands (including the Blue Mountains), eastern parts of the Southern Tablelands and high country around the Upper Hunter and Barrington Tops. Gusts up to 90 km/h are possible for the the Sydney Metropolitan area, though most gusts through the Sydney area are likely to be in the order of 70 to 80 km/h.

FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible for the Illawarra, parts of the Southern Tablelands, the Snowy Mountains, elevated parts of the the Australian Capital Territory, eastern parts of the Central Tablelands (including the Blue Mountains), and high country around the Upper Hunter and Barrington Tops. For Alpine areas above 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h, are likely.

Winds are forecast to gradually ease during Monday morning as the second front moves away from New South Wales.

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

Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Katoomba, Goulburn, Cooma, Bombala, Thredbo and the Barrington Tops.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the South West Slopes district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Wind gust observations from Friday: 91 km/h at Mount Boyce (11:32am), 89km/h at Goulburn Airport (12:21pm), 91 km/h at Mount Ginini (5:46am), 104 km/h at Perisher Valley (4:07am).

Some wind gust observations from Thursday: 115km/h at Thredbo Top Station (1:49am), 105km/h at Cooma Airport (1:28am), 96km/h at Bombala (2:36am), 96km/h at Nowra RAN (6:23am), 96km/h at Moss Vale (4:47am), 96km/h at Mount Boyce (7:09pm), 93km/h at High Range(10:59am), 93km/h at Braidwood Racecourse (1:34am), 91km/h at Cabramurra (3:54am).

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.