NSW Braces for Severe Weather Condition

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By Athena Yenko | July 31, 2014 9:26 PM EST

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology issue a severe weather warning for Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts.

BOM is alerting people for a severe weather condition due to destructive winds, damaging winds and blizzard conditions.

A high pressure is already observed across northern New South Wales and series of cold fronts is crossing from the Southern Ocean across southeast Australia by 10:52 am EST, Thursday, BOM warns. This pattern is bringing strong winds across the southern parts of New South Wales that are expected to grow stronger by the day.

Winds moved in an averaged 60 to 80 km/h with gusts to 120 km/h, across Alpine peaks in the Snowy Mountains. Snow is expected to fall tonight, with blizzard conditions over the Alpine peaks for few hours within the night.

In the afternoon, the winds was already moving at an average of 60 to 80 km/h today, with destructive gusts to 130 km/h possible.

Destructive winds at an average of 50 to 70 km/h with gusts to 100 km/h were forecasted to blow at the the Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts today, beginning afternoon. Wind gusts to 120 km/h were recorded at Thredbo Top Station overnight.

At about 5:01 pm EST, the winds over Alpine peaks in the Snowy Mountains are moving at an average of 80 to 100 km/h with gusts to 125 km/h. An average wind speed of 65km/hr was already observed in Cooma, Bombala, Goulburn, Nerriga and Canberra and wind gusto to 150 km/h were recorded at Thredbo Top Station.

However, the wind is expected to immediately move slower later in the night to an average of 50 to 70 km/hr by about midnight. Snow will begin pouring after, with blizzard conditions possible over the Alpine peaks come Friday morning.

Winds is expected to soften by the first hours in the morning over the ACT, Snowy Mountains, Southern Tablelands, Central Tablelands, South Coast and Illawarra forecast districts.

Friday will possibly see localised winds gusts of 90 km/hr coupled with passing showers as the cold front moves through these areas.

The State Emergency Service is advising for people to:

  • 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.

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