The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a blizzard warning for the ranges as wild weather comes in and temperatures plummet.
“A vigorous frontal system will cross New South Wales during Monday. Northwesterly winds will strengthen during the day, with gales about the Alpine peaks extending to higher parts of the Snowy Mountains, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and ACT during the afternoon. Land gales are expected to affect coastal districts from parts of the Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra and South Coast, as well as Central Tablelands by Tuesday afternoon,” they said.
“Snow will also develop over the Alpine areas in the west of the Snowy Mountains district during Monday afternoon and evening, leading to blizzard conditions. Blizzards will lower to parts of the South West Slopes and higher peaks of the ACT ranges on Tuesday
“Blizzard conditions are forecast for the Snowy Mountains forecast district and parts of the South West Slopes and the Australian Capital Territory ranges.”
UPDATE: ActewAGL are warning Canberrans of the dangers of downed power lines:
A reminder to stay safe and stay clear of fallen powerlines
Strong winds of up to 60km/hr and rain has been forecast in the ACT for today and tomorrow. ActewAGL is reminding the public of the importance of staying clear of fallen powerlines and damaged electrical equipment.
Fallen poles, electrical wires and conductors can be extremely dangerous, exposing the public to live wires. For their safety people should stay well clear of damaged equipment and anything touching it.
Damage should be reported to our 24-hour emergency and faults line 13 10 93. If people see sparking or a fire they should always call 000 immediately.