Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Snowy Mountains Forecast District.

Issued at 10:45 am Wednesday, 20 May 2020.

VIGOROUS WINDS FOR ALPINE AREAS

A cold front is crossing southern New South Wales today, bringing gusty northwesterly winds to elevated areas.

For Alpine peaks above 1900 metres elevation: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with gusts to 120 km/h are occurring this morning, and are likely to continue into the afternoon.

For areas between 1600 metres and 1900 metres elevation: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible this morning and early afternoon.

Winds are expected to ease later this afternoon and evening in the wake of the cold front.

Locations which may be affected include Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass and Thredbo.

Thredbo Top Station has reported wind gusts up to 119 km/h this morning.

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.