Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in South West Slopes, Riverina, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, Lower Western, Upper Western and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:12 pm Tuesday, 3 March 2020.

Weather Situation: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther is approaching New South Wales, deepening a trough over the western inland. Esther is expected to enter north-west NSW during Wednesday, moving over the south-east of the state on Thursday, intensifying rainfall over parts of inland and south-east NSW as it crosses.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING may develop across parts of inland and southeast New South Wales later Wednesday and during Thursday. Parts of the Upper Western, Lower Western, Riverina, Lower Central West, Southern Slopes, Snowy Mountains, Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory may be affected.

Localised higher totals are likely to be exacerbated by thunderstorms, which are most likely from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.

Heavy rainfall over elevated parts of the warning area may result in localised landslips.

A Flood Watch is also current for the Murrumbidgee, Tumut, Queanbeyan and Bulubula Rivers, with Minor Flooding possible. In addition Flood Warnings are in place for river systems in the Upper Western, resulting from previous rainfall.

Conditions are expected to ease by Friday, as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther moves away over the Tasman Sea.

Locations which may be affected include Canberra, Yass, Wagga Wagga, Albury,
Tumbarumba, Griffith, Hay, Narrandera, Tibooburra, Wilcannia, White Cliffs and Ivanhoe.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* 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.