Chilly start to school holiday as first total fire ban issued for the season
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Chilly start to school holiday as first total fire ban issued for the season

Wild weather will sweep across the state on Friday, with snow, strong winds and a total fire ban issued, as many families prepare to go on holiday as the school holidays approach.

Sydney will reach temperatures of 25 degrees on Friday before a cold front moves across the city about 4pm, bringing a possible shower and thunderstorm.

Sydney's warm temperatures will give way to a cool change on Friday afternoon.

Sydney's warm temperatures will give way to a cool change on Friday afternoon. Credit:Nick Moir

Some parts of the state's west - including Oberon, Orange, Crookwell, the ACT ranges and Barrington Tops - may get snow.

Blizzards are possible in the Alpine regions and, across the weekend, there could be up to 60 centimetres of snow in the Snowy Mountains.

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"Right across the state, we are going to see a lot of action in the weather," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Helen Reid said.

"Ahead of that change, the temperatures will feel very spring-like just to lull you into a false sense of security of what's behind," she said. "The cold air coming through will be quite a shock to what we have become accustomed to."

She urged holidaymakers to be careful as snow and ice would make road conditions difficult.

Meanwhile, the first total fire ban of the season has been issued for the Far North Coast. Five areas are facing very high fire danger ratings.

The Rural Fire Service says wet weather has delayed mitigation efforts, but the agency has made the most of this month's dry weather to treat 11,000 hectares of land across the state, up 5000 hectares on what it was able to achieve monthly since autumn.

However, the RFS is about 30 per cent behind where it would want to be in terms of mitigation efforts.

"There are still considerable bits of bush that didn't burn last year, including the Sydney area ... In many areas, it only takes a few days of hot and dry windy weather for there to be an increased risk," RFS spokesman Ben Shepherd said on Monday.

"We don't want people to think there will be no fires this summer - there will. That's why it is essential everyone plays their part."

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