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Blizzard warning for NSW as severe cold front brings plummeting temperatures, damaging winds

Saturday July 11, 2015 - 23:06 EST
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Steady snow falls have been recorded at Perisher in NSW overnight and into Saturday. - ABC

A major cold front sweeping through southern New South Wales has brought gale-force winds to much of the state, while a severe weather warning has been issued for blizzards in the Alpine region.

Campers, bushwalkers and motorists are among those being warned to take extra care as temperatures across the state plummet and high winds pick up on Sunday.



SES crews were cleaning up after strong winds damaged buildings near Burrumbuttock in the state's south.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said there were damaging winds from a thunderstorm, but could not confirm reports that it was a mini-tornado.

"It's destroyed some stables, it's flung sheet metal here, there and everywhere," SES spokesman Ian Leckie said.

"We've got some buildings down here with some roofing damage.

"However there's no major damage that we can see so far, but daylight might tell a different tale.

"The biggest consequence tonight has been there's quite a large number of trees that have come down across roads."

The temperature plunge is expected to produce up to 50 centimetres of snow in the NSW ski resorts, and five to 15 centimetres in the Central Tablelands, while the Blue Mountains could also receive a small amount.

BoM spokesman Francois Geffroy said forecasting models showed most areas in NSW at elevation could receive snow on Sunday.



"The snow could possibly reach Glen Innes, Barrington Tops, Katoomba and Orange," Mr Geffroy said.

"And it's not just a dusting. We'll probably have fairly good snow fall over the Central Tablelands which is something to look forward to definitely on Sunday."

The high winds are expected to produce icy conditions across the state and BOM meteorologists said the forecast temperatures could be misleading.

"It will certainly be much colder change," said BOM senior forecaster Neil Fraser.

"The wind chill factor will be quite high.

"We might be forecasting a top of, say, 12 or 13 degrees [Celsius], but it will feel like about three or four, so a very cold day ahead."



Campers, bushwalkers, motorists issued warning

Mr Geffroy said the cold snap was expected to continue for at least a week.

"We have a series of frontal systems moving across the state, all driven by what we call an upper trough and lots of cold air associated with that moving over this weekend," Mr Geffroy said.

"So we'll see that persisting for the weekend into Monday as that low pressure system moves through and then spins up over the ocean.

"So probably for much of the week we'll feel much colder temperatures than average.

"With this system moving through, I think we're probably looking at around five degrees or so below average for much of the State, slowly warming up and probably be taken back down again into the later half of the week with the next system."

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has advised people to take extra care when travelling over the weekend.

SES spokesman Jason Sims said the extreme cold temperatures could be dangerous for campers, bushwalkers and motorists.

"First and foremost, importantly if you don't have an essential need to be out and about and need to transport anywhere, I would suggest stay at home, stay warm and stay safe," Mr Sims said.


- ABC

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