Blizzard conditions forecast

Issued at 11:15 am EST on Monday 23 June 2014.

A vigorous frontal system will cross New South Wales during Monday. Northwesterly winds will strengthen during the day, with gales about the Alpine peaks extending to higher parts of the Snowy Mountains, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and ACT during the afternoon. Land gales are expected to affect coastal districts from parts of the Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra and South Coast, as well as Central Tablelands by Tuesday afternoon.

Snow will also develop over the Alpine areas in the west of the Snowy Mountains district during Monday afternoon and evening, leading to blizzard conditions. Blizzards will lower to parts of the South West Slopes and higher peaks of the ACT ranges on Tuesday

Damaging winds around 60 to 80 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 110 km/h are forecast for the Metropolitan, Illawarra and Southern Tablelands forecast districts and parts of the Hunter, South Coast, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts. Alpine Peaks may experience winds around 90 to 110 km/h with peak gusts around 130 km/h.

Blizzard conditions are forecast for the Snowy Mountains forecast district and parts of the South West Slopes and the Australian Capital Territory ranges.

Thredbo Top Station AWS has reported average wind speed between 93 to 110 km/h (50 to 60 knots), and wind gusts to 126 km/h (68 knots) between 9am and 11am Monday 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 clear of fallen power lines.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

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