Snow Warning for the Barrington Tops

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Locals are being told to rethink their travel plans, if they’re thinking of visiting the Barrington Tops this week.

The weather bureau has issued a forecast for possible snow and strong winds, and authorities are warning it won’t be safe to travel in the area.

Access to the Barrington Tops from Gloucester is currently closed, due to a dangerous section of road in the state forest which was damaged in the March floods.

You can still access the area through Scone, however Upper Hunter Shire Council, Acting Director Infrastructure Services Philip Hood says the roads could still be treacherous.

“The unsealed road section is steep, narrow and winding, and ice and snow can make driving here extremely dangerous, even for 4WDs,” he said.

“The road is not designed for large amounts of traffic, even at the best of times.

“People who wish to see the snow are advised that the Northern Tablelands is a better choice, with the snow forecast being widespread from Nowendoc/Nundle to Walcha/Armidale.”

He says there’s also the chance that tree branches could fall on the road and block access in the strong winds, so residents should check for road closures before they leave home.