Severe weather forecast for Southern, Central Ranges

Bureau of Meteorology map issued on September 13, outlining the area where a severe weather warning, due to forecast damaging winds, has been issued.
Bureau of Meteorology map issued on September 13, outlining the area where a severe weather warning, due to forecast damaging winds, has been issued.

High winds are expected and blizzards possible for the southern highlands today ahead of an approaching cold front. 

The State Emergency Service has issued an extreme weather warning for the Southern and Central Ranges today (Wednesday, September 13) due to strengthening northwesterly winds

Locations which may be affected include Bowral, Braidwood, Orange, Bathurst, Katoomba, Canberra, Goulburn, Cooma, Yass, Bombala, Nimmitabel and Khancoban.

Damaging winds will average 55-65km per hour, and peak gusts will exceed 90km per hour. 

Areas above 1900m can expect an average wind speed of 80km per hour, and peak gusts over 110km per hour. 

The National Parks Service of NSW has recommended that any planned back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

Your photos and videos of snow blanketing Nimmitabel

The SES advised people to move vehicles under cover and away from trees, and secure loose items around their house and property.

The SES also reminded residents to keep at least eight metres away from fallen power lines and report any falls to their energy supplier.

If residents require help due to severe weather they are advised to contact their local SES Unit on 132 500.