Blizzard expected for this evening

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A SEVERE weather warning has been announced for the ACT for damaging winds and blizzard conditions.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a complex low pressure system with centres over Victoria and Bass Strait is deepening and moving slowly southeast, directing a vigorous northwest to southwesterly airstream over NSW.

However, conditions are expected to ease later Saturday as the low moves away from the region.

BoM said to expect winds averaging more than 65 km/h with peak gusts about 100 km/h are forecast for parts of the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains forecast districts and higher parts of the ACT, this evening and early Saturday morning.

BoM also warns of blizzard conditions for parts of the Snowy Mountains and the ACT above about 1000 metres this evening and early Saturday morning.

This morning, Thredbo top station recorded wind gusts of 100 km/h.

[box]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 clear of fallen power lines; and for emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500. [/box]

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