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Severe weather warning with icy, damaging winds to blast NSW

Perisher reported 13cm of fresh snow overnight and was expecting more on Friday morning, while Thredbo ski operators were “stoked” by the 80cm snowfall forecast at its resort over the next few days.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends people postpone their travel across alpine back country until conditions improve, with the bureau warning of increased avalanche risk.

Skiers and snowboarders at Perisher as a front hitting south east Australia delivers heavy snow to the Snowy Mountains region.

Skiers and snowboarders at Perisher as a front hitting south east Australia delivers heavy snow to the Snowy Mountains region.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Meanwhile in the state’s north, fires flared in Port Macquarie on Thursday due to strong westerly winds and the NSW Rural Fire Service’s large air tanker made its first ever drop.

The SES has advised residents in affected areas – including Sydney, Newcastle, Gosford, Wollongong, Nowra, Goulburn, Yass, Wagga Wagga, Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Wentworth and Thredbo – to move vehicles under cover or away from trees and secure loose items while the warning is in place.

The weather bureau's severe weather warning issued for southern and eastern parts of NSW. 

The weather bureau’s severe weather warning issued for southern and eastern parts of NSW. Credit:BOM

Ausgrid also warned of potential power outages, asking people to “take a few minutes now to prepare and secure loose outdoor items so they don’t blow away into powerlines and cause outages”.

In Sydney, winds are expected to ease somewhat on Saturday and Sunday to 25-35km/h, with a slight chance of showers.

While Sunday morning will be cold, the conditions shouldn’t affect The Sun Herald City2Surf – apart from the westerly winds potentially giving a boost to runners on Heartbreak Hill, Ms Reid said.

Later on Sunday, however, the swell is likely to pick up. “Once this low pressure system moves to the east of Tasmania, then behind that these southerly winds start generating swells that move up the coast,” she said.

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