BARRINGTON Tops has received its first big dusting of snow for the year.
Snow chasers enjoyed the powder in the early hours of Tuesday morning (June 4).
The Bureau of Meteorology had forecast snow for both Tuesday and Wednesday, as a cold front moves through the region.
According to information released by Destination Barrington Coast 2-3 centimetres of snow fell, with a good dusting around Polblue campground. The heaviest falls were around the northern end of the plateau.
Road conditions are slightly wet according to National Parks and Wildlife, but the road is still open to 2WD with appropriate care.
"Visitors to Barrington Tops should be prepared for rapidly changing extreme weather including rain, wind and sub-zero temperatures," a statement from Destination Barrington Coast said.
"If you get stuck or are involved in an accident, help may be several hours away. Always pack additional warm clothing and extra food and water and always tell someone where you are going and when you'll be back."
If you plan to head to the hills, the latest available information on road conditions and closures check with:
- Gloucester Visitor Information Centre on 02 6538 5252
- Scone Visitor Information Centre on 02 6540 1300
- Barrington Tops Snow Chaser Facebook page
To ensure your safety in snowy conditions:
- Four-wheel-drives are best suited for driving in snow and ice conditions
- Check weather and road conditions before you leave home and again before you leave Gloucester or Scone
- Leave plenty of time for the return trip in daylight hours: travel time is up to 1.5 hours from Gloucester or Scone
- Pack additional warm clothing and extra food and water
- Tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back.
Meanwhile, a severe weather warning remains in place for the east coast of NSW for June 4.
The Bureau of Meteorology said damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are currently impacting the southern and central parts of the coast.
Locally destructive wind gusts are possible about the coastal fringes and are forecast to extend north, reaching the rest of the warning area by the early afternoon.
Areas most affected by the damaging winds will be the coastal fringes and the higher parts of the ranges.
Winds then are expected to gradually ease from the south during this afternoon (June 4).
Heavy surf, with significant wave heights in excess of five metres in the surf zone, may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion along the coast today.
People should stay well away from the surf and exposed areas. South facing beaches will be the most affected.