WE'VE got a long weekend, we can travel and the question everyone seems to have been asking this week as temperatures have plummeted - will it snow?
On Monday, and to mark the first day of winter, snowfalls were recorded across the State with Uralla, Armidale and a light dusting around Polblue at Barrington Tops, getting snow chasers excited.
The Bureau of Meteorology is yet to predict whether there will be more of the white stuff this long weekend but they can guarantee it will be cold.
At Barrington Tops on Saturday morning it will be frosty, with minimum overnight temperatures expected to be close to zero degrees before inching slightly higher throughout the day to a maximum of 9.
Sunday again will see the mercury drop to zero or below and will be slightly chillier with a maximum of just 7 degrees and a slight chance of rain.
On Monday, June 8 temperatures will hover between 1 and 5 degrees.
All campsites in Barrington Tops are now booked out for the June long weekend.
At Walcha, temperatures are expected to dip to as low as -1 degrees and in Armidale to -2 degrees.
If you prefer a beachside long weekend or a day trip in the hinterland, the Mid Coast will turn on the sun between Saturday and Monday with day time temperatures around 19-20 degrees. There will be a chance of rain on Monday with south-south westerly winds keeping conditions crisp.
Most National Parks campgrounds, cabins and cottages have reopen in NSW in line with the easing of holiday travel restrictions announced by the NSW Government.
However, travellers are required to make a booking for all campgrounds and campsites in national parks. This includes locations that were previously available for use without a booking.
The booking rules or maximum capacity may have changed for your preferred destination, so check the webpage for your chosen campground before planning your visit.
What you need to know before visiting Barrington Tops
Did you know Barrington Tops is the highest point of the Barrington Coast.
It's also the highest sub-alpine region in the country outside the Australian alps and it gets a regular dusting of snow each winter.
The Barrington Coast Business Hub provides useful information for visitors on how to #StaySnowSafe in Barrington Tops
Their advice includes:
- Before you leave home check the weather forecast with the Bureau of Meteorology.
- Before you leave home check whether the road is open, call Gloucester Visitor Information Centre 6538 5252
- And before you leave Gloucester always check the weather and road conditions before you leave town and head up to the Tops.
- The Barrington Tops Forest Road is mostly unsealed road in variable condition.
- 4WDs are better suited for driving in snow and ice conditions, so leave the two-wheel drive at home.
- The distance from Gloucester to Polblue is 68km of which 23km is unsealed road. Travel time is up to 1.5 hours depending on conditions.