Snowfalls across the Tops makes travel treacherous

THE Barrington Tops received a good dumping of snow last Thursday, causing the road between Honey-suckle and Devils Hole to be closed to traffic.

Dominic and Sophia Williams play as the snow falls in the Barrington Tops National Park last Thursday. Pic courtesy of Steven Oliver

Dominic and Sophia Williams play as the snow falls in the Barrington Tops National Park last Thursday. Pic courtesy of Steven Oliver

The snow coverage was caught on camera by Steven Oliver, a member of the Barrington Tops Snow Chasers group.

The group was formed by two friends in 2013 as a way of sharing information about their snow trips and weather forecasts. 

The Barrington Tops Snow Chasers also use their Facebook page to provide people with information on how to get to the Tops, where to find snow and the best camping spots.

“It can be a challenge to see snow falling in non-Alpine areas so it’s great to be able to help people see snow for the first time,” Steven said.

After consulting the weather forecasts last week, the Snow Chasers headed for the Tops early Thursday morning. 

Arriving to freezing temperatures, it was only a matter of time before the clouds moved in and the ground was covered in snow.

The roads became very icy and by Friday afternoon, Barrington Tops Forest Rd had been closed. 

“It shows how fast the conditions can change up there,” Steven said. 

On Monday, the National Parks and Wildlife Service reopened the road following easing conditions and the possibility of rain.

National Parks staff advise anyone travelling to the Barrington Tops to be extremely cautious and drive to conditions.

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