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‘Polar plunge’ brings freak winds and snowfall across NSW

New South Wales shivered through some unseasonably low temps today, as wild winds caused damaged across the state.After gusts of 115km/h were recorded at Camden in Sydney’s southwest last night, it was no surprise when Fire and Rescue crews were called to a KFC at Hoxton Park.Callers reported the large KFC bucket sign having blown…

New South Wales shivered through some unseasonably low temps today, as wild winds caused damaged across the state.

After gusts of 115km/h were recorded at Camden in Sydney’s southwest last night, it was no surprise when Fire and Rescue crews were called to a KFC at Hoxton Park.

Callers reported the large KFC bucket sign having blown down.

“Firefighters found the bucket was disintegrating in the wind and large sharp panels were at risk of falling and blowing onto the road and footpath,” Fire and Rescue NSW said in a statement.

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The incident comes after a severe weather warning was issued today for damaging winds with gusts of more than 90km/h expected in the Illawarra and parts of the Southern and Central Tablelands.

After wild weather swept in last night, emergency services spent most of the day cleaning up after destructive winds brought down trees and power lines across Sydney.

800 homes are still without power across the city’s west, Endeavour Energy said in a statement.

“At the height of the storm, 19,500 homes and businesses were without power which caused 200 electrical hazards across many parts of Greater Western Sydney,” it added.

Suburbs in Sydney’s west and southwest copped the worst of it, with Camden recording winds of up to 115km/h.

Crews also attended numerous other storm and wind related calls, including a collapsed home with its roof torn off in Edmonton Park, as well as a large tree down on a car on Campbelltown Road in Bardia.

Parts of the Central and Southern Tablelands saw snow flurries overnight. Social media users from Orange, Oberon and the Barrington Tops, and higher parts of the ACT took to their phones to showcase the wild weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the snowfall should ease throughout the day.

About 20cm of snow also fell in the alpine region overnight, with another 40cm predicted to fall over the weekend.

The cold blast is expected to be over fairly quickly, with temperatures predicted to warm up on Sunday.

Despite the chilly weather in Sydney and southern NSW, the state’s north and far north coast are remaining vigilant against a very high fire danger today.

WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST

Sydney’s gusty but sunny start to the weekend will be short-lived, with today’s sunshine disappearing soon enough. Sydneysiders have a cloudier Sunday in store, with a high of only 18C expected.

It’ll be partly cloudy in Adelaide on Saturday with a maximum temp of just 15C on Saturday. The mercury will inch just a little higher on Sunday, with tops of 18C expected.

Showers will continue across Melbourne for most of the weekend. Minimums of 6 – 7C are expected, and even when it warms up on the weekend it will likely only get to 14C.

Just 12C in Hobart on Saturday giving way to a chilly Sunday as well (temps will dip to a low of 5C).

Rug up in Canberra where 10C is as good as it got on Friday and not much better on Saturday. Overnight lows of near freezing and possibly below that on Sunday morning.

Relatively toasty in Brisbane by comparison, where maximum temps of 26C are predicted on Saturday and Sunday.

A splattering of rain as Darwin reaches the weekend with a possible storm on Saturday. Days should top out at 33C with lows of 24C.

Down to 21CPerth on Saturday with rain, some heavy. Showers should be lighter on Sunday.

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