Winter is coming, New South Wales!
A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for people in the south and southeast, with possible blizzards forecast for alpine areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology says that a cold front will move over the state today with damaging windgusts in excess of 90 km/h possible.
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In areas above 1800 metres, BOM has warned that windgusts in excess of 120 km/h are possible, while
Blizzards are possible in areas above 1700 metres in the Snowy Mountains district.
Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Canberra, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Deniliquin.
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.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
— BOM New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) July 11, 2016