Strong winds ground flights at Sydney Airport as ‘polar vortex’ hits
A number of flights in and out of Sydney Airport have been cancelled as strong winds lash the city.
Flights en route from Melbourne to Sydney are being cancelled due to the extreme weather.
A polar vortex is heading up the east coast with damaging winds of up to 90km/h expected across the state.
Sydney Domestic Airport has just one runway open, with a spokesperson telling Ray Hadley there have been 64 flights cancelled.
Customers are being urged to check their flight status throughout the day.
✈️ Sydney is set for a windy one today. If you’re travelling, please check with your airline for flight status: https://t.co/rJ5SBwfepB
— Sydney Airport ✈️ (@SydneyAirport) August 8, 2019
The State Emergency Service is in full swing with trees brought down on homes in the Blue Mountains and Illawarra.
Weatherzone meteorologist Craig MacIntosh says the wild weather is going to continue all day.
It’s good news for skiers with Thredbo having seen 77cm of snow fall in the last 24 hours.
POW! 60cm of fresh snow overnight ❄️😱🙏 With up to 50cm forecast today…Bring it on 😍💪👊 pic.twitter.com/9YfZ2E9Jsc
— Thredbo (@ThredboResort) August 8, 2019
The heavy machinery is out for snow clearing this morning! 👷🏽♂️👷🏼♀️ pic.twitter.com/d5AtmzgC5B
— Perisher Ski Resort (@PerisherResort) August 8, 2019