The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Sydney and its surrounds, including Illawarra, the Blue Mountains and Newcastle. Damaging winds have been forecast to begin gusting from mid-morning today, averaging between 60 and 70 kilometres per hour. Peak gusts are expected to hit 90 kilometres an hour.

The winds are expected to ease over the course of the weekend. If you’re heading to the snow, blizzards are likely above 1500 metres and could get down to 500 metres over the next 48 hours.

The State Emergency Service recommends people move their vehicles under cover and away from trees, and secure loose items around houses, yards and balconies. It advises keeping at least eight metres away from fallen power lines.

Sydney Airport has advised passengers to check with their airlines if their flights have been delayed due to strong gusts.

With the icy winds will come a temperature drop, particularly tomorrow as a low pressure system pushes cold air across south-eastern Australia. The mercury will get as low as eight degrees on Saturday and Sunday, but could feel as cold as five degrees.