Plan your journey for a safe trip to the snow
Motorists heading to the alpine region this weekend are being advised to plan their journey, with fresh blankets of snow and a Bank Holiday on Monday meaning more traffic is expected in the area.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the Hume Highway, Federal Highway, Monaro Highway, Snowy Mountains Highway, Kosciuszko Road and Alpine Way will be busy with skiers, snowboarders and visitors making the most of a bumper weekend.
“Some people will be headed to the snow for the first time, and won’t be used to driving in the snow and ice conditions,” the spokesperson said.
“Motorists need to take care when driving at night, at dawn or dusk and be aware of black ice which is difficult to see and can remain on the road even during fine days. Stay alert for wildlife on the road, especially at dusk.”
Current forecasts are for up to 10cm of snow today, 2-5cm on Saturday and 20-40cm on Monday.
“Expect heavy traffic and delays, carry snow chains and fit them when directed in the designated chain fitting bays. Take regular breaks in rest areas and at places like Jindabyne, Canberra, Cooma, Adaminaby, Tumut and Berridale,” the spokesperson said.
“Motorists are encouraged to visit Live Traffic before starting their trip to ensure they are aware of current conditions on the road network so they can plan and make informed journey decisions.
“Drive to the conditions, plan ahead and allow additional travel time to ensure everyone gets to their destination safely and efficiently.”
More information is available to plan a safe trip to the snow at SNOWSAFE.