Bureau warns of damaging winds and blizzard conditions

Issued at 10.44PM EST on Wednesday July 9 2014.

A complex low pressure system near Tasmania is moving steadily east, with an associated cold front crossing New South Wales. This system is bringing vigorous winds to elevated areas tonight, particularly in the south. Very windy conditions are expected to become more widespread on Thursday as the low reaches the Tasman Sea and a high pressure system strengthens over central Australia.

Tonight: Damaging westerly winds around 70 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for parts of the Snowy Mountains forecast district above 1500 metres.

Thursday: Damaging west to northwesterly winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h are forecast for the Illawarra, Hunter, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts, chiefly in the afternoon.

Blizzard conditions are forecast for the Snowy Mountains forecast district tonight and Thursday, more likely above 1500 metres.

The Severe Weather Warning for the Northern Tablelands forecast district has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

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.

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