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Sydney airport chaos as flights cancelled over wild weather

Numerous flights at Sydney airport have been cancelled or delayed as wild winds batter New South Wales.

A cold front moving over eastern NSW on Saturday has begun bringing damaging winds across Sydney and the NSW alpine region.

Wind speeds approached 50km/h, while gusts topped 70km/h at Sydney airport.

Qantas, Jetstar, Tigerair, Rex and Virgin all cancelled multiple flights into and out of the airport in the city’s south.

Virgin warned travellers the winds could result in some changes to flights.

‘We’ll do everything to get you on your way as quickly & safely as possible,’ the airline posted to Twitter.

Numerous flights at Sydney airport have been cancelled or delayed as wild winds batter the state (stock image)

A cold front moving over eastern NSW on Saturday has begun bringing damaging winds across Sydney and the NSW alpine region

A cold front moving over eastern NSW on Saturday has begun bringing damaging winds across Sydney and the NSW alpine region

Jetstar, Virgin, Qantas and Tigerair passengers have been left stranded at Brisbane Airport and Gold Coast airports as the airlines have cancelled and delayed some of their inbound and outbound flights (pictured, an outraged passenger makes a social media post after their flight is delayed at Brisbane Airport)

Jetstar, Virgin, Qantas and Tigerair passengers have been left stranded at Brisbane Airport and Gold Coast airports as the airlines have cancelled and delayed some of their inbound and outbound flights (pictured, an outraged passenger makes a social media post after their flight is delayed at Brisbane Airport)

Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney is currently only operating one runway as 61km/h winds are recorded in the area (pictured, an outraged passenger takes to social media following the cancellation of their flight)

Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney is currently only operating one runway as 61km/h winds are recorded in the area (pictured, an outraged passenger takes to social media following the cancellation of their flight)

‘If you’re flying, be sure to keep an eye on your flight status.’

The flight cancellations in Sydney come after Queensland airports were thrown into chaos earlier today. 

Jetstar, Virgin, Qantas and Tigerair passengers were left stranded at Brisbane Airport and Gold Coast airports as the airlines cancelled and delayed some of their inbound and outbound flights.

Airports at Cairns, Sunshine Coast and Hamilton Island also cancelled and delayed a number of flights, Courier Mail reported.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned damaging winds are set to batter Sydney, the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and south coast regions today. 

Already wind gusts of 115km/h have been recorded at places like Thredbo in south-west NSW. 

‘An approaching cold front is generating vigorous northwest to southwesterly winds,’ the BOM website reads.

‘This front is forecast to cross the state later tonight and during Saturday.’

‘Winds are expected to ease later on Saturday following the passage of the front.’

A series of cold fronts is currently moving from west to east, with freezing temperatures sweeping across Victoria and New South Wales. 

Blizzards are possible in alpine regions above 1600m on Sunday afternoon. 

Locations that will be affected by blizzard conditions include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Moruya Heads, Katoomba, Goulburn, Cooma, Bombala, Thredbo and Perisher.

Thredbo has already recorded 20cm of snowfall overnight on its slopes. 

The flight cancellations in Sydney come after Queensland airports were thrown into chaos earlier today

The flight cancellations in Sydney come after Queensland airports were thrown into chaos earlier today

Thredbo has already recorded 20cm of snowfall overnight on its slopes

Thredbo has already recorded 20cm of snowfall overnight on its slopes

Locations that will be affected by blizzard conditions include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Moruya Heads, Katoomba, Goulburn, Cooma, Bombala, Thredbo (pictured) and Perisher

Locations that will be affected by blizzard conditions include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Moruya Heads, Katoomba, Goulburn, Cooma, Bombala, Thredbo (pictured) and Perisher

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned damaging winds are set to batter Sydney, the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and south coast regions today (stock image)

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned damaging winds are set to batter Sydney, the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and south coast regions today (stock image) 

State Emergency Services (SES) advises people to move vehicles under cover or away from trees and secure loose items around the house.

‘The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve,’ BOM warned.

The cold front comes after vicious winds caused a tree to fall in the Blue Mountains suburb of Katoomba on Thursday night.

Mother-of-four Dearne Fulcher, 50, was being driven by her son Dylan when the tree struck their Volvo, on Victoria Street at about 7pm.

Ms Fulcher was killed while Dylan, 20, suffered horrific injuries and was flown to Westmead Hospital, in Sydney’s west.

Another three people are dead and two were rescued when a yacht sank off Newcastle on Thursday.

A catamaran with five on board capsized in rough seas 13km from Stockton Beach at about 10am.

Marine rescue volunteers and a Westpac helicopter raced to an emergency signal and found a 40-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl clinging to the sinking boat.

Paramedics winched them to safety as rescuers found three adults dead in the water at the chaotic and ‘very confronting’ scene.

The man and the girl were taken to John Hunter Hospital where they are being treated for hypothermia. 

A series of cold fronts is currently moving from west to east, with freezing temperatures sweeping across Victoria and New South Wales (stock image)

A series of cold fronts is currently moving from west to east, with freezing temperatures sweeping across Victoria and New South Wales (stock image) 

Mother-of-four Dearne Fulcher, 50, was being driven by her son Dylan when the tree struck their Volvo, on Victoria Street at about 7pm. Ms Fulcher was killed and Dylan was rushed to hospital

Mother-of-four Dearne Fulcher, 50, was being driven by her son Dylan when the tree struck their Volvo, on Victoria Street at about 7pm. Ms Fulcher was killed and Dylan was rushed to hospital 

FIVE DAY FORECAST IN YOUR CITY: 

 Sydney

Saturday: Low 9, High 16

Sunday: Low 6, High 17

Monday: Low 8, High 18

Tuesday: Low 9, High 20

Wednesday: Low 7, High 18

Melbourne

Saturday: Low 7, High 13

Sunday: Low 7, High 15

Monday: Low 9, High 15

Tuesday: Low 10, High 15

Wednesday: Loq 8, High 15

Brisbane

Saturday: Low 12, High 23

Sunday: Low 8, High 20

Monday: Low 8, High 21

Tuesday: Low 8, High 22

Wednesday: Low 9, High 24

Darwin

Saturday: Low 20, High 31

Sunday: Low 18, High 31

Monday: Low 18, High 31

Tuesday: Low 19, High 31

Wednesday: Low 19, High 32

 Hobart

Saturday: Low 4, High 10

Sunday: Low 5, High 12

Monday: Low 5, High 12

Tuesday: Low 8, High 13

Wednesday: Low 7, High 12

Perth

Saturday: Low 7, High 20

Sunday: Low 7, High 21

Monday: Low 7, High 21

Tuesday: Low 7, High 21

Wednesday: Low 7, High 22

Adelaide

Saturday: Low 8, High 14

Sunday: Low 8, High 15

Monday: Low 10, High 15

Tuesday: Low 9, High 15

Wednesday: Low 9, High 15

Canberra

Saturday: Low -2, High 9

Sunday: Low -4, High 10

Monday: Low 0, High 12

Tuesday: Low -1, High 15

Wednesday: Low -3, High 12

Source: Bureau of Meteorology 

 

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