Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast, North West Slopes and Plains and South West Slopes Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:43 pm Thursday, 23 January 2020.

VIGOROUS WINDS AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT

A cold front will progress through eastern sectors of the state today. Vigorous and gusty winds are forecast ahead of the front.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible for the Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, South Coast and elevated parts of the Hunter district, including Barrington Tops.

Trees and branches in fire-affected areas may be more susceptible to falling than usual.

Winds are expected to ease this evening though part of the south with winds about elevated areas of the Central Ranges and Hunter easing during early Friday.

Locations which may be affected include Bombala, Thredbo, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Bathurst, Katoomba, Canberra, Goulburn, Cooma and Yass.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Central West Slopes and Plains district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Cooma Airport observed at wind gust of 96 km/h at 9:17am

Bombala observed a wind gust of 96 km/h at 9:59am

Mount Ginini observed a wind gust of 91 km/h at 8:29am

Nerriga observed a wind gust of 102 km/h at 12:05pm

High Range observed a wind gust of 93 km/h at 3:50pm

Moss Vale observed a wind gust of 91 km/h at 12:22pm

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.
* 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.