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Chilly start to school holiday as first total fire ban issued for the season

Wild weather will sweep across the state on Friday, with snow, strong winds and a total fire ban issued, as many families prepare to go on holiday as the school holidays approach.

Sydney will reach temperatures of 25 degrees on Friday before a cold front moves across the city about 4pm, bringing a possible shower and thunderstorm.

Sydney's warm temperatures will give way to a cool change on Friday afternoon.

Sydney’s warm temperatures will give way to a cool change on Friday afternoon. Credit:Nick Moir

Some parts of the state’s west – including Oberon, Orange, Crookwell, the ACT ranges and Barrington Tops – may get snow.

Blizzards are possible in the Alpine regions and, across the weekend, there could be up to 60 centimetres of snow in the Snowy Mountains.

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