RED SKY: A dust storm blew in through western parts of NSW on Tuesday afternoon and forecasters say another is possible. Image: WHITE CLIFFS HOTELA DUST storm blew in through western parts of NSW on Tuesday afternoon, with forecasters saying another could occur later this week.
Areas around White Cliffs were covered in a blanket of dust during the storm, with the White Cliffs Hotel posting a video of the event which has already been viewed more than 65,000 times.
The Bureau of Meteorology said predicted north-westerly winds through NSW on Thursdaycould result in a dust storm through the west which may also impact Canberra and Sydney.
Meanwhile, the NSW Rural Fire Service said the strong winds forecast for the region will increase the fire danger rating in central NSW.
Currently 100 per cent of the Central West and Central Tablelands havebeen drought declared, with 13per cent of that combined region in intense drought.
While some rain is predicted on Wednesday and a slight chance onThursday, itwill not be enough to quell the fears of firefighters.
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— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 20, 2018
The Bureau of Meteorology reports there will be a chance of thunderstormsin central parts of NSW on Wednesday and temperatures are likely to drop 5-10 degrees below average for this time of year.
But, it is the predicted strong, gusty winds that are a concern for the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS).
Low-moderate fire danger is in place for the region on Wednesday, however the RFS has urged people to keep up-to-date with conditions in their area by visitingwww.rfs.nsw.gov.au