Wind gusts of almost 100km/h have buffeted parts of the ACT and surrounding areas, as a strong weather system sweeps across most of the south-east of Australia.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the ACT. It is likely to continue into Thursday.
Gusts of 95km/h were recorded at Mount Ginini about 8.30am on Wednesday, and 100 km/h winds hit Goulburn Airport just before 11am.
The strong winds have also triggered a dangerous surf warning for most of the NSW coast later in the week, as the system heads east.
Meteorologist Helen Kirkup said while strong winds were expected in Canberra, the city centre was expected to be spared from the strongest gusts.
"It's the Brindabellas that cop the strong wind and Goulburn as well, which funnels across there to the west, but Canberra city is somewhat sheltered," Ms Kirkup said.
"The strong westerly winds will continue and the severe weather warnings are valid on Wednesday and Thursday."
The strong winds have been caused due to a deep low pressure system that developed off Tasmania's southern coast.
"On Wednesday, the system started to move, which generates westerly winds over it as it moves towards the east and the Tasman Sea," Ms Kirkup said.
"We'll then get these southerly winds that will push the system up, which will generate big swells during Thursday."
Dangerous surf conditions along the south coast are expected to ease on Friday.
Blizzard conditions are also likely in the Snowy Mountains, where peak gusts of up to 110km/h are predicted for areas above 1900 metres until Thursday morning.
"Apart from the alpine regions, which will see a bit of snow, for the most part, there's not a lot of moisture involved in other nearby areas," Ms Kirkup said.
The SES has advised people to move vehicles under cover or away from trees and to secure loose items around the home.