Winter may have been late in coming but it arrived in full force on Monday with a cold front sweeping across the state, dumping snow on the skifields and bringing cool, windy weather to the Illawarra.
Wind speeds increased steadily through the afternoon, with gusts of 41km/h recorded at Port Kembla.
Even stronger winds have been forecast for the Illawarra and South Coast in the coming days. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the region with winds up to 80km/h, and peak gusts up to 110km/h, predicted for Tuesday.
The bureau also issued a marine wind warning for the Illawarra coast.
The State Emergency Service advised people to move vehicles under cover or away from trees; to secure or put away loose items around the house, yard and balcony; and to keep clear of fallen power lines.