More than half of NSW’s coastline will be hit by strong, damaging winds and dangerous surf as a low-pressure system intensifies and moves north.

A front, which is crossing the state, is expected to deepen into a low-pressure system off the southern half of the coast of NSW late on Monday, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.

Damaging winds up to 70km/h with gusts over 90km/h are expected to hit the coast late in the day and through Tuesday.

Alpine regions could face 120km/h gusts and blizzards.

Heavy surf, over five metres in parts, could cause damage and erosion as the system moves north.

“People should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas,” the BoM said in a statement on Monday.

South facing beaches will be the most affected.

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