More severe and wintry weather on the way

More severe and wintry weather on the way | Weather In Focus

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Large areas of inland NSW have already had a decent amount of cold and wet weather this month, thanks to frequent cold fronts and relentless westerly winds.

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A STRONG cold front will deliver another burst of wintry weather in NSW this weekend, featuring rain, low-level snow and damaging winds.

Large areas of inland NSW have already had a decent amount of cold and wet weather this month, thanks to frequent cold fronts and relentless westerly winds.

During the first 20 days of July, daytime temperatures were below average for much of the state, with maximums around 1 to 1.5 degrees Celsius cooler than usual in Young, Parkes, West Wyalong and Coonamble.

Parts of northern and central NSW have also already received about one to two times their average July rainfall so far this month. Now, this cold, wet and windy weather is set to continue.

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A weakening low pressure system and associated trough will cause showers to spread across NSW from west to east on Thursday and Friday.

The rain from this system will mostly be light and brief, although it should reach most districts in the state.

A few showers will linger to the west of the ranges into Saturday morning, before a strong cold front crosses the state late Saturday into Sunday.

Damaging winds are likely with and behind this weekend's cold front, most likely along the ranges, coast and southern inland.

The front will also cause more showers and a significant drop in temperature on Sunday, with the cold weather exacerbated by clouds and blustery winds.

Heavy snow and blizzards should develop in the Alps by Sunday and it could get cold enough for snow to reach low levels in southern and central NSW.

Sunday's mix of cold, wet and windy weather may also pose a threat to exposed or vulnerable livestock.

Severe weather warnings are likely to be issued in NSW this weekend, so check the latest warnings in your area for more information as the front gets closer.

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