Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
Severe Weather Warning
for destructive winds, damaging winds and blizzard conditions
for people in the Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts
Issued at 5:01 pm EST on Thursday 31 July 2014.
VIGOROUS WINDS OVER SOUTHEAST NSW, EASING TONIGHT
A series of cold fronts from the Southern Ocean are crossing southeastern Australia and producing strong winds over southern parts of New South Wales.
Alpine peaks in the Snowy Mountains forecast district are experiencing winds averaging 80 to 100 km/h with gusts to 125 km/h. The wind over the peaks is expected to rapidly ease later tonight as a strong cold front moves through the region, falling to average speeds of between 50 to 70 km/hr by about midnight. Snow will start falling about the peaks as the front moves through, with blizzard conditions possible over the Alpine peaks into early Friday morning.
Although winds broadly will ease over the next hour or two over the ACT, Snowy Mountains, Southern Tablelands, Central Tablelands, South Coast and Illawarra forecast districts, localised winds gusts of 90 km/hr may still occur in elevated areas overnight with passing showers as the front moves through these areas.
Wind gusts to 150 km/h were recorded at Thredbo Top Station this afternoon. Cooma, Bombala, Goulburn, Nerriga and Canberra saw average speeds close to 65km/hr during the afternoon.
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.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
The next warning will be issued by 11:00 pm EST Thursday.
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.