Wild weather in NSW up-ends trees, roofs

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The clean-up has begun for residents in NSW's Illawarra and south coast regions after wild weather ripped roofs off homes and left thousands without power.

A low pressure system sweeping across NSW on Tuesday ended a record run of warm winter days, bringing snow and heavy rainfall to parts of the state before wreaking havoc in the state's south overnight.

The Illawarra region copped the brunt of storm, with pelting rain and massive winds whipping up six-metre waves, felling trees, damaging roofs and bringing down power lines.

State Emergency Service volunteers fielded more than 800 calls for help in the Illawarra and south coast, with most coming from the hard-hit areas of Shellharbour and nearby Kiama, where winds reached up to 130km/h.

Electricity was cut to more than 18,000 homes in the region, with power restored to most on Wednesday morning.

A severe weather warning for damaging surf on the coast between Nowra and Eden remains, with waves over six metres and costal erosion possible.

Winds of up to 90km/h also lashed Sydney's coast overnight, with hazardous surf warnings remaining for the majority of the state's seaboard.

Further inland, places like Goulburn received a blanketing of snow.

While the rain and winds eased late on Wednesday as the system moved out to sea, the cooler temperatures ushered in by the low will remain until the weekend.

"There will be a kind of a slow recovery in temperatures in the latter part of the week... (but in Sydney) we don't see anything above 20C until Sunday," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Hugh McDowell said.

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