NORTH WESTERLY winds will continue to strengthen over the southern and central NSW ahead of a strong cold front that will move across the state today.
Strong to gale force winds are expected to develop this morning over southern and central districts, extending to the north eastern districts this afternoon.
Damaging winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for the Sydney Metropolitan, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands,Central Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australia Capital Territory and are possible for the Central West Slopes and Plains and Riverina.
Alpine Peaks may experience winds of 85 km/h with peak gusts around 130 km/h.
Blizzard conditions are expected on the Alps above about 1500 metres from around the middle of the day with the passage of the front.
Winds are expected to ease this evening. Thunderstorms are considered likely in the north east this afternoon and may have some localised severe wind gusts associated with them.
The Severe Weather Warning for the Lower Western forecast district has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
98 km/h mean wind speed with a gust of 130km/h was recorded at Thredbo TopStation AWS at 3:00am.
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 clear of fallen power lines;
- Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water;
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains;
- Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.The next warning will be issued by 5:00 pm EST Tuesday.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218.The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.