Motorists across NSW warned of snow and ice on roads this weekend

15 June 2018

Motorists across NSW are advised to be aware of dangerous road conditions with snow and black ice predicted to create hazards on the roads this weekend in western, south western and southern NSW.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said snow is expected to fall at altitudes as low as 600 metres with heavy falls of up to 20 centimetres predicted on the western side of the Great Dividing Range and the Oberon Plateau and up to 80 centimetres in the Alpine Region. Strong and gusty winds are also forecast, making for difficult driving conditions.

“Motorists are advised to drive to the road conditions and delay unnecessary journeys if possible. There is a high chance ice and snow will be present in areas which are not normally subject to these conditions,” the spokesperson said.

Motorists are advised to take particular care in the following areas:

Western NSW:

Great Western Highway, Chifley Road (Bells Line of Road), Mid Western Highway, Mitchell Highway, Castlereagh Highway, Jenolan Caves Road, Duckmaloi Road, O’Connell Road and Goulburn-Ilford Road.

Conditions between Mt Victoria and Orange and around Oberon are predicted to be hazardous, particularly on Saturday evening and early Sunday.

South Western NSW:

Hume Highway (Yass), Barton Highway, Tumbarumba/ Batlow Road, Snowy Mountains Highway, Alpine Way.

Southern NSW:

Hume Highway (Goulburn), Federal Highway, Kosciuszko Road, Monaro Highway, Snowy Mountains Highway, Crookwell Road, Alpine Way.

The spokesperson said electronic message signs are positioned at critical locations on key state roads to inform motorists of potential hazards and road closures.

“Snow and sleet not only make the road slippery, but may prevent you from being able to stop when you need to or cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

“Some tips to drive safely include reducing speed when weather conditions deteriorate, use your headlights and fog lights, don’t overtake other vehicles and always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

“Braking on icy or wet conditions should also be gentle as braking distances increase dramatically in these conditions.”

For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

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