Sydney Weather Forecast: Winter Blast for NSW
There’s a Winter Blast on the way and the Sydney Weather Forecast is for a deteriorating situation.
Dangerous winds are predicted for Sydney and planes out of Sydney airport will be impacted.
60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 90 km/h are forecast for the Sydney metropolitan area.
“The series of cold fronts will bring a stream of very cold air and will drop the temperatures in our upper atmosphere,” the NSW Weather Bureau said.
“That will bring the snow level down — resulting in a lot of snowfall along the alps and the alpine area.
“We are expecting around a metre of snow along with strong, cold winds.”
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The BOM of NSW has issued warnings:
Weather Situation: A series of cold fronts are expected to cross southeastern Australia from Thursday until Sunday, generating a vigorous westerly winds across New South Wales.
FOR THE SOUTHERN INLAND: DAMAGING WINDS, with peak gusts around 90 km/h are possible for parts of the Riverina, Lower Western and South West Slopes districts Thursday evening and early Friday morning. The main risk of damaging wind gusts in these areas is with showers.
FOR EASTERN PARTS BELOW 1900 METRES: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are likely for the Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Illawarra, Southern Coastal Ranges, eastern parts of the Central Tablelands (including the Blue Mountains) and high country about the Barrington Tops from early Friday morning. For the Sydney Metropolitan area and Lower Hunter, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 90 km/h, are possible from late Friday morning.
FOR ALPINE AREAS ABOVE 1900 METRES: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h are likely, with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h possible, from Thursday evening.
Winds are expected to ease from the southern inland Friday morning, and from eastern parts of the state during the course of the weekend.
BLIZZARDS are likely to develop for Alpine areas above 1500 metres later today, possibly lowering to above 1200 metres about Alpine country overnight. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.
Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Goulburn, Yass, Wagga Wagga, Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Wentworth and Thredbo.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Central West Slopes and Plains district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.
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 at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
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