NSW weather; snow; extreme winds

Snow and wild weather across NSW are expected to ease on Sunday however strong winds are expected to keep residents rugged up.

Parts of the state have been lashed on Saturday, leading authorities to issue severe weather warnings as snow fell on what was the coldest day of the year for some regions.

A low pressure system is driving a series of troughs into south-eastern Australia, sending temperatures plummeting.

The Bureau of Meteorology said many towns in the Blue Mountains, as well as Bathurst and Orange, had their coldest days of 2020 on Saturday with temperatures between four to eight degrees below average in some parts.

We can expect a gradual easing of temperatures over the coming days however it’s expected to remain chilly across NSW because of strong winds.

“It will still be a cold day (on Sunday), wind chill will be the significant factor – it will still feel pretty cold in most places,” BOM meteorologist Rebecca Boettger said.

Katoomba, Blackheath and Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains were all covered by a thick blanket of snow overnight with authorities urging caution on the roads and leading to parts of the Great Western Highway and Mitchell Highway to close.

The state’s ski fields and Orange and Guyra also experienced falls.

Temperatures dropped to 2.4C in Campbelltown on Saturday however Sydney was forecast to have a low of 8C on Sunday.

In central NSW, Armidale, Glen Innes and Tenterfield are all expected to drop below zero on Sunday with temperatures of -2C expected.

The trough has brought high westerly winds over eastern parts of NSW including gusts in excess of 90km/h.

Graziers in several parts of the state have been warned that wind, showers and low temperatures could result in the loss of stock.

Abnormally high tides are expected to cause flooding at Sussex Inlet on the south coast on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Severe weather warnings have been issued for much of the NSW coast, in particular around the Illawarra region where winds are expected to be strongest.

Gale and strong wind warnings are in place for most of the state’s coast, with the Macquarie, Hunter, Illawarra and Eden areas expected to cop a battering.

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