A cold front over southwest NSW predicted to wreak havoc on Thursday has prompted a severe weather warning.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued the alert, warning of vigorous winds ahead of the cold front, early on Thursday morning.
The front is expected to move through southeastern and central parts of the state during the day, with gusty winds up to 120km/h forecast.
The south west slopes region is set to endure damaging winds averaging 60km/h to 70km/h, with peak gusts of more than 90km/h possible.
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The southern tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory, Illawarra and parts of the central tablelands and south coast are also like to be affected.
Bushfire-affected regions should be on higher alert for falling branches and trees, the BoM said.
Alpine areas about 1900 metres are warned of average winds between 80 to 90km/h, with gusts up to 120km/h.
- The winds are expected to ease during the evening.
- The State Emergency Service advises 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 eight metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
- Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
- 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.
- Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500