Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:18 am Friday, 1 May 2020.

BLUSTERY WESTERLY WINDS FOR SOUTHERN NSW TODAY AND ON SATURDAY

A slow moving complex low pressure system near Tasmania, that formed in the wake of the current cold outbreak, is directing vigorous westerly winds across southern New South Wales, and is likely to remain through most of Saturday. Conditions should improve between the later part of Saturday or early Sunday as the low tracks east to the southern Tasman Sea.

For the rest of Friday and Saturday, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h are likely for Alpine peaks above 1900 metres. DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are also likely for the broad areas in the southeast, including Snowy Mountains, ACT, Southern Tablelands, Central Tablelands, Illawarra districts and parts of the South Coast district.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS in excess of 90 km/h are possible with gusty showers across the southern inland, including Southwestern Slopes, Riverina districts and southern parts of the Central West Slopes and Plains district until this evening.

BLIZZARDS are likely for Alpine areas above 1500 metres.

Damaging winds and Blizzard conditions are forecast to gradually ease between late Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Thredbo, Perisher Valley, Canberra, Goulburn, Wollongong, Nowra, Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Hay.

Thredbo Top AWS recorded wind gust 117 km/h at 07:55 am on Friday.

Perisher Valley AWS recorded wind gust 91 km/h at 07:27 am 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.
* 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.