PARTS of NSW are being warned to brace for widespread heavy rain and damaging winds this weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning on Thursday advising residents of the impending weather situation.
“A significantly warm and humid airmass that has been building over the west of the state for the last couple of weeks will interact with a cold front that is forecast to move through NSW this weekend, forming a low over the inland and generating widespread heavy downpours with embedded thunderstorms,” the bureau said.
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“Gale force winds are also forecast over the Alpine peaks.”
Heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding is likely over the Riverina, South West Slopes, parts of the Lower West, southern parts of the Central West Slopes and Plains and the western parts of the Southern Tablelands, Australian Capital Territory and the Snowy Mountains districts during Friday and Saturday.
The heaviest falls are expected to be during the latter half of the day on Friday, and throughout Saturday.
48 hour totals of in excess of 100 mm are likely for these areas with localised falls possibly more than double this, especially closer to the ranges near the Victorian border.
Damaging winds, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h are possible over the Alpine peaks above 1900 metres during late Friday and throughout Saturday.
Locations which may be affected include Yass, Condobolin, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Young, West Wyalong, Tumbarumba, Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Narrandera, Jindabyne and Balranald.
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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.