The Bureau of Meteorology (11th July) has issued a severe weather warning for people in Illawarra, Snowy Mountains and parts of South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.

A cold front is currently crossing southern New South Wales, and a second cold front is forecast to cross the state overnight Friday into Saturday morning. Vigorous northwest to southwesterly winds are expected with both these systems, with winds only easing later Saturday after the passage of the second front.

Damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible for the Illawarra, northern parts of the South Coast, eastern parts of the Central Tablelands (including the Blue Mountains) and parts of the Southern Ranges during Thursday and Friday.

Blizzards are expected for Alpine areas above 1500 metres. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve. Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Moruya Heads, Katoomba, Goulburn, Cooma, Bombala, Thredbo and Perisher.

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.
* 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.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

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