Update on snow conditions and roads in the Blue Mountains and Central Tablelands
12 October 2012, 11:31AM AET
Continuing heavy snowfall in the Blue Mountains and Central Tablelands has resulted in a dumping of 6 inches of snow so far. Most major roads within the Central Tablelands are currently open with caution. The Great Western Hwy around the Mt Lambie and Yetholme areas (between Bathurst and Lithgow) is open, although may become impassable in the near future due to heavy snowfalls.
Some major roads are closed including, The Great Western Hwy at Wentworth Falls, The Bells Line of Road at Bells (east), the Mid Western Hwy between Blayney and Bathurst at Fitzgerald’s Mount, the Aberdcrombie Road Oberon between Little River and Abercrombie River bridge. City rail services have resumed after earlier problems with snow falls and trees on tracks, although major delays are expected.
Emergency Services are currently working to rescue 300 motorists stranded on closed roads due to the heavy snow falls and taking them to a place of refuge.
Heavy snowfall is occurring in a number of areas including Lithgow, Mt Lambie and Yetholme. Light snowfall is also occurring around Blayney, Millthorpe, Burraga and Oberon.The road to the top of Mt Canobolas has been closed by Cabonne Council. Access to the Central West from Sydney via the Great Western Hwy and the Bells Line of Road is closed due to snowfall on both roads. There has been one storm related request for assistance by the NSW SES in the area for a tree down on a road at Burraga.
Roads will open as conditions ease across the Central Tablelands. Further information can be obtained by contacting NSW Roads and Martime on their road information line 132 701 or via the Live Traffic site http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au and the NSW SES will keep you updated through our web site at www.ses.nsw.gov.au and Facebook.
Do you have an Emergency Kit?
An Emergency Kit can help save precious time in an emergency situation. It provides items you might need if you lose power or need to leave your home in a hurry. Your emergency kit contents:
- Portable radio with spare batteries
- Torch with spare batteries
- First aid kit (with supplies necessary for your household)
- Candles and waterproof matches
- Important papers including emergency contact numbers
- Copy of any Home Emergency Plans
- Waterproof bag for valuables
When leaving or evacuating your property, place in your emergency kit:
- A good supply of required medications
- Any special requirements and supplies for babies, the disabled, infirm and/or elderly
- Appropriate clothing and footwear
- Fresh food and drinking water
Keep your emergency kit in a waterproof storage container. Also, keep a list of emergency numbers near your phone or on your fridge. For more information visit www.stormsafe.com.au