NSW Police have urged snow chasers to be safe across the Barrington Tops this weekend, ahead of forecast strong winds and possible snow or sleet.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast snow and very strong winds for the popular spot.
Even though Barrington Tops Forest Road (Gloucester to Scone) is currently open, Hunter Valley Police District Inspector Guy Guiana said visitors are advised to exercise extreme care when driving in these conditions.
"The predicted weather conditions will make roads extremely slippery," Inspector Guiana said.
"With strong winds, there is also potential for trees and branches to fall, posing a direct risk to visitors, and possibly blocking access in and out of the area.
"Conditions will be monitored, and road closures may be put in place to ensure the safety of all users if required.
"It is vital that visitors planning a trip to the Barrington Tops are prepared for changing weather conditions.
"Let someone know your plans before travelling, understand that mobile phone coverage is very limited in this remote area, and that conditions on the sub-alpine plateau can change rapidly."
Winds have already caused havoc in the area, with a large tree brought down at the Victoria Hotel at Moonan Flat (near Barrington Tops).
No one was injured in the incident.
Check out the following resources to keep up-to-date with the latest road conditions and closures:
- Gloucester Visitor Information Centre on 02 6538 5252
- Scone Visitor Information Centre on 02 6540 1300
- Barrington Tops Snow Chaser Facebook page
- Barrington Tops Tourism Facebook page
To stay snow safe, heed the following advice:
- Leave the two-wheel-drive at home - four-wheel-drives are best suited for driving in snow and ice conditions
- Check weather and road conditions before you leave home and again before you leave Scone or Gloucester
- Leave plenty of time for the return trip in daylight hours: travel time is up to 1.5 hours from Gloucester or Scone
- Pack additional warm clothing and extra food and water
- Tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back.