POLICE have issued a strong warning to motorists travelling through NSW to take extreme caution as blustery wintry weather continues to affect a large swathe of the state.
In particular, motorists have this afternoon been urged to avoid the Barrington Tops Forest Road at Moonan Brook in the Upper Hunter region due to icy and wet conditions.
Families returning from holidays this weekend or planning outdoor activities, such as bushwalking, camping, boating, and skiing, should keep a close eye on weather forecasts and warnings, and plan carefully for the cold conditions.
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Acting Inspector Michael Handley from the Monaro Local Area Command said the weather forecast over the next couple of days is expected to bring more rain, wind and snow and the roads will be busy as holidays makers return from the snowfields.
“Many people will be making the journey back home as the school holidays come to an end and I am urging all road users to slow down, drive safely and don’t take any risks.
“Road conditions will change as the weather continues to deteriorate. Cold and icy conditions will change the surface of the road and increase the chances of crashing,” said Inspector Handley.
Police will continue to monitor conditions on the road and may close it later this afternoon if conditions deteriorate further.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, or call 132 701.
For weather, wind and marine warnings check the Bureau of Meteorology website: www.bom.gov.au.
Members of the public seeking emergency assistance during a flood or storm should call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500, or visit their website: www.ses.nsw.gov.au.