Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Snowy Mountains Forecast District.

Issued at 10:33 am Monday, 20 April 2020.

Weather Situation: Strong westerly winds are expected to continue over elevated peaks above 1700 metres in the southern Alps ahead of a cold front. This cold front will slide to the south of the state later today, with gusty winds expected to gradually ease by late this afternoon or early evening.
For areas above 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 70 to 80 km/h with peak gust in excess of 120 km/h are possible.
For areas between 1700 metres and 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible.

Winds will gradually ease during later this afternoon and evening as the cold front slips to the south.

Locations which may be affected include Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass and Thredbo.

Thredbo Top Station has been averaging wind speeds between 70 to 85 km/h this morning, and recorded a wind gust of 109 km/h at 12:55am.

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.