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NSW Is About To Cop An Absolute Drenching

Pack your umbrella and pull on some gumboots because Sydney is in for an absolute drenching.

A cold front is moving across the southeast, bringing heavy rain and chilly temperatures to the New South Wales coast.

Up to 60mm is expected to fall near Newcastle today alone, while parts of Sydney, particularly on the North Shore, will receive up to 50mm.

The forecast top temperature for much of the state is just 14C, tomorrow won't be much warmer with a top of 16C.

Photo: AAP /Brendan Esposito

"We have a frontal system which has moved across over the state with a trough as well which has triggered the rainfall," Bureau Of Meteorology duty forecaster Abrar Shabren told 10 daily.

"This weather will continue for the rest of the day for Sydney and surrounds".

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a strong wind warning for Sydney, the Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast with gusts of up to 50 kilometres an hour expected.

A hazardous surf warning is also in place with rock fishers, boaters and swimmers urged to stay out of the water.

While the coastline might be getting a hammering, the cold snap is being felt inland as well with snow falling in back yards in Goulburn and the Blue Mountains.

Snow and ice caused hazardous road conditions on the Hume Highway at Goulburn and the Great Western Highway between Bathurst and Leura, but both roads remain open.

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Even Canberra has felt the chill with snow spotted outside parliament.

It was icy cold overnight, the temperature getting down to just 2C, the trend to continue with the mercury to nudge just 11 degrees today.

Unfortunately, the cold and wet conditions being felt up and down the NSW coast are here to stay.

While there will be some relief on Friday, another cold front is expected to track in from the west just in time for the weekend.

Motorists are being urged to slow down and drive carefully in these wet and icy conditions.