As the freezing polar air is expected to hit parts of NSW today, the Bureau of Meterology has issued a severe weather warning for parts of the state.
The warning was issued just after 5am today and is for damaging winds which are currently being observed over the Snowy Mountains and Illawarra regions.
The Severe Weather Warning has been updated with damaging winds currently being observed over the #SnowyMountains and #Illawarra. Gusty winds will continue to build over #Sydney and the #Hunter after mid-morning. https://t.co/Ss766eSCrL pic.twitter.com/Bp6ZL7P0h8
— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) August 8, 2019
Vigorous winds are also expected to develop in other parts of the state with a warning issued for people in the following areas:
Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of the Mid North Coast, South Coast, Central Tablelands, South West Slopes and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
For people in Eastern Parts of the state below 1900 metres, the damaging winds are averaging at 60 to 70km/h with peak gusts expected to hit around 90km/h.
In the alpine regions above 1900 metres, the winds are averaging 80 to 90km/h with peak gusts likely to exceed 120km/h.
Blizzards are also predicted for alpine regions.
Winds are expected to ease over eastern parts of the state over the course of the weekend.
The SES has issued advice saying that people should move vehicles away from trees, secure lose items around the house, yard and balconies and if you come across fallen power lines to report it and remain 8 metres away from them at all times.