Sydney wind creates travel delays as snow covers NSW
Thick snow has blanketed much of New South Wales and the ACT with the Giants AFL game in Canberra featuring a sprinkling of snow, a first for the league.
Authorities are warming there’s more to come.
The BOM has warned NSW to prepare for “Antarctic winds”, blowing from south of Tasmania, bringing damaging winds and plummeting temperatures.
“The winds we saw yesterday are extending further north today and will remain strong and gusty throughout the weekend,” BOM spokesperson Craig Ryan said.
“There’s a possibility of damaging winds up through the Hunter, through the Southern Tablelands, Illawarra and the higher parts of the south coast, west of Bega.”
Meanwhile, there are major delays at Sydney airport with the major transport hub down to just one runway with flights cancelled and many passengers stranded for now.
Winds over 50km/hr are expected for Saturday.
There are wind warnings for NSW, thankfully for Sydney the winds are not as bad as expected.
Heres the latest:
Complex low pressure system to the south is sending a series of cold fronts sweeping across New South Wales, generating vigorous west to southwesterly winds in most areas, particularly eastern parts. The last of these fronts is expected to clear the region early Monday.
DAMAGING WINDS GUSTS, exceeding 90 km/h at times, are likely about the Illawarra, parts of the South Coast, parts of the Hunter, and eastern parts of the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains districts today. During today, parts of the Northern Tablelands and higher parts of the Mid North Coast may also be affected, as well as inland parts of the Northern Rivers from later tonight.
Conditions are expected to ease during Sunday morning, but will remain strong and gusty in many areas through the remainder of Sunday.
Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Wollongong, Nowra, Armidale, Katoomba and Goulburn.
Wind gusts recorded during today: 106 km/h Bellambi, 93 km/h Port Kembla
Wind gusts recorded during Friday include: 96 km/h at Kurnell, 107 km/h at Kiama, 106 km/h at Bellambi, 91 km/h at Albion Park, 93 km/h at Nobby’s Head (Newcastle), 96 km/h at Green Cape, 113 km/h at Montague Island
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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