Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 12:26 pm Friday, 20 March 2020.

VIGOROUS WINDS ON THE SOUTHERN RANGES TODAY

Vigorous west to northwesterly winds are expected over the high country of southeastern New South Wales on Friday ahead of an approaching cold front. The front is forecast to move across the state during Friday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible over the Alpine Peaks and the elevated parts of the ACT, Monaro Country, Southern Tablelands and Illawarra until the early afternoon.

Winds are forecast to gradually ease later this afternoon and evening as the front moves further east.

Locations which may be affected include Goulburn, Braidwood, Cooma, Bombala, Nerriga, and higher peaks about Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass and Thredbo.

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.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* 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.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.