Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:01 am Sunday, 19 December 2021.
VIGOROUS NORTHWESTERLY WINDS DEVELOPING ABOUT THE SOUTHERN RANGES

Weather Situation: Strong northwesterly winds are expected to develop over the southern ranges ahead of a strong cold front moving across southeastern Australia today.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely for parts of the Snowy Mountains, Southern Tablelands, ACT, Illawarra and Central Tablelands and South Coast today.

DAMAGING to LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h are likely within the indicated areas above 1500m for the remainder of today, becoming confined to Alpine areas above 1900m this evening.
These conditions should generally ease during the evening.

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

Thredbo recorded a gust of 113km/h at 10:34am this morning

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.